Sex assault charges will likely be dropped against former IMF chief

Sex assault charges will likely be dropped against former IMF chief

Prosecutors are likely planning to drop sex crime charges that they had brought against the former International Monetary Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn related to the alleged attempted rape and sexual assault of a hotel maid in May. As reported in previous posts, a hotel maid from Guinea accused Strauss-Kahn of sexually assaulting her on May 14 when she entered his hotel room to clean it. Strauss-Kahn denied the charges. The prosecution is considering dropping the charges because questions have come up about the accuser’s credibility, and the maid is the key witness in the case.

His defense did not deny that sexual activity took place, but they said that it was consensual. According to an AFP article, the defense was planning to claim at trial that the woman had consented to sex, but became angry when Strauss-Kahn would not pay her for it, which led her to go to police and accuse him of assault.

It has come to light that the woman accusing Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault has lied before, which has made the prosecution question whether they can sustain a case against the former IMF-chief. The woman lied to a grand jury and has changed her story about what happened immediately following the alleged attack. It has been discovered that the woman has lied on tax forms and her asylum application to come to the U.S. as a refugee from Guinea. According to the AFP, suspicious deposits have been made to her bank account. She also talked on the phone about the Strauss-Kahn case to someone in a federal prison in Arizona.

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US charges against ex-IMF chief to be dropped: report (AFP)

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