Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn enjoyed a night out in New York on Tuesday after sexual assault charges against him were dropped.
Strauss-Kahn dined with his wife and daughter at an Italian restaurant in Manhattan after a judge agreed with prosecutors that his hotel maid accuser had lost credibility after she changed her story three times.
The decision means the man known as DSK should be able to return to France later on Wednesday.
Outside the courtroom yesterday, the former IMF chief said he was looking forward to going home and that he would talk more extensively about the case once he was back in Paris.
New York’s District Attorney sought dismissal of the charges after Nafissatou Diallo repeatedly lied under oath.
Prosecutors also cited a recorded telephone conversation in which she and her jailed fiancé discussed how they could benefit financially from the case.
Douglas Wigdor, a Paris-based lawyer for Diallo, says they would pursue the case in France and that other women have given similar accounts of aggressive behaviour by the former IMF head.
Strauss-Kahn needs to explain “how in nine minutes he was able to convince a woman who he had never met before to engage in a sexual relationship on a hotel floor,” Wigdor said, adding that there was no explanation other than sexual assault.
Among Strauss-Kahn’s other accusers is Tristane Banon, a French author and journalist. She has filed a suit alleging that Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her during an interview more than eight years ago.