Reports from New York suggest that the sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been given a new twist by revelations concerning his accuser’s credibility.
The New York Times quotes officials as saying that prosecutors believe the 32-year-old hotel maid lied to them over her claim for asylum and had possible links to drug dealers and money laundering.
The former IMF chief’s defence team says he is due to make an unexpected court appearance today to seek changes to his bail conditions.
According to the paper, it is likely that the more serious charges could be dropped.
The new claims do not cast doubt on forensic evidence said to show that a sexual encounter did take place.
Officials reportedly say the maid still maintains she was attacked.
But reports say in a recorded phone conversation with an alleged drug dealer from whom she is said to have received thousands of dollars, she discussed the possible benefits of pursuing the case against Strauss-Kahn.
He has been under house arrest in Manhattan and denies the charges against him.
The case has focused attention on his past behaviour towards women and has torpedoed a potential bid for the French presidency.