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Source: DA To Drop Strauss-Kahn Charges

NEW YORK, Aug. 22 (UPI) — New York’s district attorney will ask a judge to dismiss the sexual-assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, a person briefed on the matter said.

The office of Cyrus Vance Jr. has prepared a “dismissal on recommendation” motion that would detail the reasons Vance and his aides believe the case could not be proved beyond a reasonable doubt, the person told The New York Times.

The motion was expected to be presented at a court hearing Tuesday.

If the judge follows the recommendation and dismisses the seven-count indictment, Strauss-Kahn — led out of a police building in handcuffs in May and held under house arrest until his bail conditions were relaxed last month — would be free to return to France.

His accuser, Nafissatou Diallo, was summoned to a meeting with prosecutors Monday. They were expected to tell her at the meeting the charges will be abandoned, the British newspaper The Guardian reported.

Diallo alleged Strauss-Kahn, 62, attempted to rape her after she went to clean his New York hotel suite. The former International Monetary Fund chief, who had been considered a potential candidate for president of France, has said the sexual encounter was consensual and her accusations were an attempt to extort money.

Dropping the charges would leave Diallo with no recourse to pursue criminal charges. She has filed a civil lawsuit seeking unspecified monetary damages from Strauss-Kahn for what the suit called a “violent and sadistic attack” that humiliated and degraded her.

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  • Karolyn

    I hope she nails him in civil court. Just because a woman has a questionable past, has made mistakes, does not mean she has no credibility when it comes to being attacked. This is a problem in this and many countries. The woman is judged more than the attacker. Her interview on ABC gave a very good impression of her. Working in the domestic violence/sexual assault field, I am particularly sensitive to these issues.

    It’s like the sheriff in Canada who recently said, in conjunction with a rape case, that if a woman didn’t dress like a slut, she wouldn’t be raped. His comments have led to “slut walks” throughout the US. NO WOMAN DESERVES TO BE RAPED or in any way sexually assaulted!

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