The Manhattan DA’s office will agree to the release of Dominique Strauss-Kahn without bail at a hearing this morning after it uncovered serious questions about the credibility of a the hotel housekeeper who accused the former IMF chief of rape.
NY POST – Releasing him without bail signals that the accusations of sexual assault may be less serious than thought. The judge must sign off on the deal before Strauss-Kahn can be released.
This comes as the maid who accused Strauss-Kahn, 62, of a violent sex attack in his Midtown hotel room has repeatedly lied to prosecutors and is “personally associated” with money launderers and drug dealers — revelations that have sunk the prosecution’s case, sources told The Post last night.
“She’s a con artist,” one law enforcement source said, adding that prosecutors have concluded “she cannot be put on the stand. “She’d be a flawed witness.”The alleged victim, a chambermaid at the Sofitel Hotel, “continuously lied to us,” a law-enforcement source told The Post.
Strauss-Kahn has admitted to having sex with her, but insisted it was consensual. That makes her the only one who can tell a jury she tried to resist — and DA Cyrus Vance now realizes that if she’s exposed to cross examinination she’ll be destroyed on the stand when defense lawyers shine a light on the skeletons in her closet.
Strauss-Kahn’s legal team have unearthed photographs of the accuser drinking and partying, despite her professed Muslim faith, sources told The Post.
Investigators initially found the 32-year-old accuser’s account credible when she said that Strauss-Kahn forcibly made her perform oral sex after she mistakenly went into his room while he showered, but they now have many questions.
Within a day of the May 14 incident, the maid called a friend who was in jail for allegedly possessing 400 pound of marijuana to discuss how she could benefit from the tryst, The New York Times reported. That phone call was recorded by authorities, the report said.
Equally troubling, investigators learned that several people from around the country made multiple cash deposits in her bank account totaling $100,000 over the past two years, the Times said. She also paid hundreds of dollars in phone charges every month to five different companies, although she insisted she had only one phone herself.
She also showed inconsistencies on her asylum application to the United States some 10 years ago — for which there is a “good chance she could get deported,” according to a Post source. Not only did she tell “numerous lies,” but she is “personally connected” to drug dealers and money launderers, the source said.
Also, she told investigators she was a victim of rape and subjected to genital mutilation in her home land (that’s probably the only thing she didn’t lie about), information that contradicts her asylum application.
Questions about her credibility were first revealed by The Post days after Strauss-Kahn’s arrest, including the fact that she lived in subsidized housing for AIDS patients, although she swore to investigators she was not infected.