A New York court has thrown out the criminal sex assault charges against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
It came after prosecutors said they had doubts about the credibility of his accuser after she changed her story. They stressed they didn’t condone Strauss-Kahn’s behaviour; it’s widely accepted a sexual encounter did take place. But they didn’t think a jury would believe her ‘beyond reasonable doubt’.
The man once seen as a leading French presidential contender should be free to return to France.
On leaving court Dominique Strauss-Kahn said “It’s the end of a terrible ordeal, I’m relieved for my wife, my children, my friends, all those who have supported me during this period.”
The alleged victim’s lawyer believes the decision to dismiss the charges was down to Strauss-Kahn’s status rather than to justice.
Nafissatou Diallo’s lawyer, Kenneth Thompson told reporters: “District Attorney Vance has abandoned an innocent woman and has denied an innocent woman a right to get justice in a rape case.”
Chambermaid Nafissatou Diallo accused Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault in a New York hotel last May. When her credibility was challenged, she gave a television interview to protest she was telling the truth.
Diallo is still pursuing a civil lawsuit against the former IMF chief.