Prosecutors Likely to Drop Charges Against Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Prosecutors Likely to Drop Charges Against Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Prosecutors in the high profile rape case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn are likely to ask the judge to drop all charges Monday.

Published August 22, 2011

After months of scandal, intrigue and accusations in the Dominique Strauss-Kahn sexual assault case, prosecutors are expected to drop their criminal case against the former International Monetary Fund chief Monday.


Although, the prosecutors have hinted at their inability to establish a solid case against Strauss-Kahn for some time, they are expected to finally approach the judge today and formally petition for the charges to be dropped. They are expected to ask that the case be dismissed on the grounds that the charges cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt given Nafissatou Diallo's lack of credibility as the only witness to the alleged attack.


Prosecutors claim Diallo told many untruths about several critical pieces of information including lying about an account of a gang rape that happened in Guinea, falsifying tax information and lying about her account of what happened the day of the alleged assault.


Experts say that Diallo also made other key missteps in working with the prosecuting attorneys such as openly speaking to the media and initiating a civil suit against Strauss-Kahn.


"She has done him a favor," said Tom A. Pavlinic, a Maryland defense lawyer who specializes in sexual abuse cases. "Prosecutors, in my experience, don't like when complaintants in criminal cases initiate litigation in a civil case."


Diallo’s civil suit gives her the hope of receiving some form of retribution for the ordeal if successful. It will also allow her a slightly higher rate of success as she will only have to prove that her version of the events are more likely than Strauss-Kahn's.


The civil suit alleges physical, emotional and psychological injuries and seeks compensatory and punitive damages, along with attorneys' fees.


Still, the criticism is flying fast toward Diallo by those that say asking for monetary damages proves that she was lying in the first place.


"We have maintained from the beginning that the motivation of Mr. Thompson and his client was to make money," Strauss-Kahn's lawyers, William Taylor and Benjamin Brafman, said.


"The filing of this lawsuit ends any doubt on that question. The civil suit has no merit and Mr. Strauss-Kahn will defend it vigorously.”


The cases stem from an alleged incident on May 14 when Diallo claims she was sexually assaulted by Strauss-Kahn while working as a maid at the Sofitel hotel in New York City.

(Photo: Daniel Barry/GettyImages)

Written by Naeesa Aziz


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