It seemed like a plot cribbed from an episode of Law & Order: SVU or ripped from the pages of a David Baldacci political thriller. Dominique Strauss-Kahn was a potential 2012 French presidential candidate, the head of the International Monetary Fund and a world-class political jet-setter.
Then it all came to an abrupt halt when he was accused of raping a hotel chamber maid at Manhattan’s posh Sofitel Hotel. DSK has always maintained that the sex was consensual, but that still didn’t prevent him from resigning his position at the IMF from his Riker’s Island cell.
Well, this story has one more gigantic plot twist: Bloomberg reports that prosecutors agreed to release DSK on his own recognizance. Now that he is no longer under house arrest, the case against him moves one step closer to dismissal. Why? It turns out, the hotel chamber maid that accused him of rape is pretty much the worst witness ever.
According to the New York Post, the 32-year-old Guinean housekeeper has “repeatedly lied to prosecutors” and is associated with “money launderers and drug dealers.”
“She’s a con artist,” an unnamed law enforcement source told The Post. “She cannot be put on the stand. She’d be a flawed witness.”
The problem for prosecutors is that their case is entirely based upon the word of the housekeeper. And while skeletons in the closet don’t equate to whether or not DSK forced her to perform oral sex, when it comes to the court case, those skeletons become a gigantic problem.
Strauss-Kahn’s legal team has hired the world’s best private investigators to ferret out every detail about the the accuser’s past. They have unearthed photographs of her 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, 62, 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.
Strauss-Kahn had to post $1 million bail and a $5 million bond, and he agreed to remain under 24-hour home confinement while wearing an ankle monitor as a condition of not being in prison.
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