The Case Against Dominique Strauss-Kahn Could Be In Danger

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.

Photo from Wikimedia Commons.


Despina Vekris
Despina Vekris4 years ago

Innocent until proven

Sandra B.
Sandra Brady6 years ago

This is the usual for America. Men can do anything and the media is an accomplice in helping them. They always try to make the woman guilty even to the point of lying about her. Whatever it takes to protect males. I would like to see media put forth "just facts" instead of their bias in every situation.

Yavor Hadzhiev
Yavor H6 years ago

It doesn't matter now, for his political carrier, if he indeed is rappist or not. In anycase he had unethical behaviour which is unacceptable for a politician.

Bernadette P.
Berny p6 years ago

He not guilty of rape BUT he had intercourse with her...has proven by the DNA not such an innocent guy has many would like him to be!

His reputation is well known in France so no big surprised there and now someone else will also take him to court.....finaly what goe rond comes around......not the poor innocent victim that many would love him to be!!!!!

Marie W.
Marie W6 years ago

Things are not what they seem- that still does not excuse France's sexist actions.

jane richmond
jane richmond6 years ago

It appears the woman lied. He is not free, just not under house arrest anymore.

Cindy S.
Cindy s6 years ago

Well, as much as I personally vilified this guy when the info first came out, I now believe that he was framed. Why? You have to look a bit close to see that it was important for the big guys to get rid of him as he was a real threat to Sarcozy's future as French president (Strauss-Kahn was the front runner in the french presidential race until his arrest). We've seen what powerful people can do to further their own agendas. I don't believe much of anything I read in the press anymore.

Sharon H.
Sharon H6 years ago

They just announced that he was freed today.

Orlin O.
Orlin Olsen6 years ago

There seems to be a lot more to this case than meets the eye. Perhaps there is more than just a little international politics at play here. This is quite a surprising turn of events.

Fred H.
Fred H6 years ago

Vance D complains, "it would appear that this woman has been convicted in the prosecution's and the media's eyes."

Perhaps, but one thing is for certain: the MAN had been convicted, without trial, in the media's eyes and definitely in the eyes of most Care2 readers.