Arriving back at his New York townhouse, Dominique Strauss-Kahn found on Tuesday he was unable to get inside.
His wife’s struggles with the lock gave journalists their first opportunity to question the former head of the IMF since he was arrested on sex charges in May.
Strauss-Kahn is free to come and go as he pleases, now that bail restrictions against him have been relaxed.
New York is rife with rumours that the case is about to be dropped by prosecutors. It is claimed Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers are to have a meeting with court attorneys – and decisive action is expected.
It comes days after investigators told Strauss-Kahn’s legal team there were credibility issues with his accuser, a 32-year-old chambermaid.
Even if the case is dropped in New York, Strauss-Kahn faces further legal stress when he returns to France.
French journalist and writer Tristane Banon has officially accused him of trying to rape her during an interview in 2002. She says at time time she was persuaded to drop the charges by her mother, who was like Strauss-Kahn, a Socialist party member.