Sexual Assault Charges Against Dominique Strauss-Kahn Dismissed

The accuser's lawyer wants a special prosecutor appointed.

Posted: 08/23/2011 01:07 PM EDT
Dominique Strauss Kahn

New York Justice Michael Obus dismissed all criminal charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former International Monetary Fund managing director who was considered a top candidate for the French presidency.

 

Prosecutors in the Manhattan district attorney’s office told the State Supreme Court judge that they could not prove the case because of serious credibility issues with the accuser.

 

Strauss-Kahn, 62, was arrested more than three months ago after being accused by Nafissatou Diallo, a 33-year-old Guinean immigrant and former Sofitel Hotel housekeeper, of sexual assault as she entered his suit to clean it.

 

“If we do not believe [Diallo] beyond a reasonable doubt, we cannot ask a jury to do so,” read court documents from the district attorney’s office.  

 

Diallo’s communication with a convicted drug dealer where she made reference to DSK’s wealth along with a fraudulent account of being gang raped by soldiers in Guinea, undermined the case.

 

District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. has received harsh criticism for “turning his back” on the alleged rape victim.

 

“These last two months have been a nightmare,” Strauss-Kahn said when leaving a lower Manhattan courtroom this afternoon.

 

Strauss-Kahn still faces a civil suit by the former maid, who insists the Frenchman attempted to rape her.

 

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(Photo: AP Photo/Louis Lanzano)

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