Prosecutors are set to decide next week whether they will pursue or drop sex crime charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn. The former chief of the International Monetary Fund was accused by a hotel maid of sexually assaulting her when she entered his room to clean it. Strauss-Kahn has claimed that the woman consented to sex and then became angry after he refused to pay her for it. He denies the charges that he sexually assaulted her.
Prosecutors are deciding whether or not to pursue charges partly because they are not sure if the woman’s testimony will hold up in court. Reportedly, the 32-year-old’s story had inconsistencies. She also told investigators a story about how she was gang raped in her native country of Guinea, but later admitted that that story was not true. She also reportedly lied on tax forms.
The woman is a single mother and has lived in the U.S. for seven years. Both sides portray the situation and the woman completely differently. It seems like it will be difficult for prosecutors to build a case if the woman’s credibility is so shaken.
The woman and her attorneys have filed a civil suit against Strauss-Kahn to recover damages for her alleged sexual assault. They also accuse the prosecutors’ office of leaking information in the case that damaged their client’s reputation.
Much of France is ready to welcome back Strauss-Kahn. He was a contender for future presidential office and many seem to think in France that dropped charges will restore his political ambitions.
Source: Los Angeles Times, “New York prosecutors preparing to decide on Strauss-Kahn case,” Geraldine Baum, Aug. 16, 2011