NEW YORK, Aug. 23 (UPI) — New York prosecutors dropped sexual assault charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, saying in their motion that the accuser was a liar and a fraud.
The court document asks for a complete dismissal of the case against the former International Monetary Fund chief, scheduled to appear before Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Michael Obus Tuesday, the New York Post reported.
“In virtually every substantive interview with prosecutors, despite entreaties to simply be truthful, she has not been truthful, on matters great and small, many pertaining to her background and some relating to the circumstances of the incident itself,” prosecutors said in the document.
Prosecutors said the hotel maid who accused Strauss-Kahn of sexually assaulting her lied repeatedly and when confronted she threw a tantrum, the Post reported.
Experts said judges immediately approve such requests, although Obus must consider a counter-motion filed by the attorney representing maid Nafissatou Diallo for the case to be put on hold until a special prosecutor can reconsider its disposition.
“After an extensive investigation, it is clear that proof of two critical elements — force and lack of consent — would rest solely on the testimony of the complaining witness at trial,” prosecutors wrote in asking for dismissal. “Indeed, the case rises and falls on her testimony.”
However, the filing said, “because we cannot credit the complainant’s testimony beyond a reasonable doubt, we cannot ask a jury to do so.”
“We have no confidence that the complainant would tell the truth on this issue if she were called as a witness at trial,” the papers said.