Supporters of the hotel chambermaid who claims she was sexually assaulted by Dominique Strauss-Kahn have rallied in New York to urge authorities to pursue the case further.
The former head of the IMF was released from house arrest after doubts arose about his accuser’s credibility. Her supporters say the case must not be allowed to fade away.
A representative of the organisation ’100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care’ told the crowd in Harlem: ‘We saw a woman who was physically abused with DNA evidence from the perpetrator. When the District Attorney, even is he was half-hearted, when he went into court with that he was able to get an indictment.’
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who had been the leading Socialist prospect for the next French presidency, was freed and his bail money was returned but the case against him in New York remains open. The next hearing is scheduled for August 1st.
At home in France the writer Tristane Banon is pressing ahead with similar accusations against Strauss-Kahn.