Prosecutors will move to dismiss charges against former IMF-chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn when he returns to court on July 18, a source told The International Business Times Friday.
Joan Illuzi-Orbon, one of the assistant district attorneys prosecuting the case, said the “strength of the case has been affected by credibility issues.” While Illuzi-Orbon said prosecutors had no plans to dismiss the sexual assault charges against Strauss-Kahn at this time, she did not rule out dismissing the case in the near future.
A spokeswoman for the Manhattan District Attorney's Office declined to comment.
Although forensic evidence confirms there was sexual conduct in the luxury suite at the hotel, prosecutors are backing away from the idea that the encounter was not consensual, a source said.
Kenneth Thompson, an attorney for Strauss-Kahn’s accuser, said, The only defense Dominique Strauss-Kahn has is that this sexual encounter was consensual. That is a lie.
“[She] made some mistakes but that doesn't mean she is not a rape victim, Thompson added.
Investigators in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office discovered significant inconsistencies in the account of the chambermaid who claimed Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund, sexually assaulted her in a luxury hotel room in May, sources said Thursday.
Revelations the accuser allegedly considered financial gain and engaged in relationships categorized as questionable with a drug dealer prompted Manhattan prosecutors to inform his lawyers and submit to a bail modification hearing Friday, court sources said.
The chambermaid who accused Strauss-Kahn of sexually assaulting her in a luxury Manhattan hotel admitted to fabricating an account of being gang-raped by soldiers in Guinea, calling into to question her credibility as a suspect in the case.
During a grand jury testimony, the accused lied about the case, saying she was fearful after the attack -- when evidence from prosecutors contends she cleaned two suites including the scene of the alleged crime, court papers said.
The letter comes as an attorney for the victims says she was mistreated by prosecutors questioning her regarding the case.
Prosecutors allegedly screamed and yelled at the woman to “Get out! Get out of here! Leave,” Thompson said.