The former head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, resigned in disgrace last month after being charged with sexual assault. Now, however, the case against Strauss-Kahn may be crumbling, despite the fact that there is unambiguous forensic evidence of sexual contact between Strauss-Kahn and his alleged victim, a housekeeper at a Manhattan hotel. Investigators say that they have discovered suspicious elements in the housekeeper’s past, on top of which, she may have repeatedly lied to law enforcement officials.
According to the New York Times, the woman has “possible links to criminal activities, including drug dealing and money laundering.” Prosecutors from the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, who originally seemed confident in the victim’s credibility, acknowledged that they have “problems with the case.” These “problems” are related to the fact that the woman had a phone conversation – which happened to be recorded – with a man who had been arrested for possessing 400 pounds of marijuana within two days of her alleged sexual assault, in which she discussed the possibility of pressing charges against Strauss-Kahn.
Even more strangely, the man was “among a number of individuals who made multiple cash deposits, totaling around $100,000, into the woman’s bank account over the last two years.”
These new revelations could destroy the case against Strauss-Kahn, since the victim, as the lead witness, needs to be seen as credible. Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers have said that the contact between the woman and the former IMF head was consensual. And if it becomes to appear that the alleged victim is untrustworthy, the case could be impossible to win.
We’ll keep you posted as more information comes out. But for now, this could have serious implications for the outrage about treatment of women which resonated throughout France after Strauss-Kahn’s arrest.
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