After spending time in Rikers Island, ex-IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn has started life as an alleged sex offender.
His legal team are now trying to uncover as much evidence as possible to try and cast doubt on his accuser’s version of events.
Strauss-Kahn has employed a firm of detectives to trawl through the past of the alleged victim and that includes travelling to West Africa where she was born.
The woman, 32, has a 15-year-old daughter and has lived in the US for a number of years.
Despite a huge raft of lurid articles concerning the behaviour of Strauss-Kahn, none will play a part when the Frenchman’s criminal trial begins.
Strauss-Kahn has hired Benjamin Brafman, a New York lawyer with a huge portfolio of celebrity cases behind him.