Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was released without bail at a New York court hearing for his sexual assault case on Friday.

At a hearing to seek changes to his bail conditions, prosecutors said the credibility of the hotel maid at the center of the case had been thrown into question.

I understand that the circumstances of this case have changed substantially and I agree the risk that he would not be here has receded quite a bit. I release Mr. Strauss-Kahn at his own recognizance, Justice Michael Obus told the court.

Strauss-Kahn faces charges including attempted rape, sexual assault and sexual abuse.

(Reporting by Basil Katz, editing by Christine Kearney)