Dominique Strauss Khan had a good day in court on Friday as a New York judge lifted his house arrest.
It followed an unscheduled hearing where prosecutors revealed the plaintiff had lied to a grand jury about her actions after the alleged attack.
She had also lied when making her asylum application from Guinea in 2004.
Strauss-Khan’s lawyers say this casts serious doubts on her credibility.
“We believed from the beginning that this case was not what it appeared to be and we are absolutely convinced that, while today is a first giant step in the right direction, the next step will lead to a complete dismissal of the charges,” said Benjamin Brafman.
The defence immediately demanded all charges be dismissed, but the prosecutors are maintaining them all. Her lawyer insists on one thing; that his client has consistently said she was raped.
“The only defense that Dominique Strauss-Kahn has, is that this sexual encounter was consensual. That is a lie. Dominique Strauss-Kahn came out, came running out of one of those rooms naked, towards her. And he grabbed her breasts first, and started to attack her,” said Kenneth Thompson.
Strauss Kahn emerged from the court looking more relaxed than in weeks. He is only free to move within the United States as his passport is retained. The next scheduled hearing is on July 18, but after this dramatic turn, who can say when the next development in this contorted case will be?