Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former front-runner for France’s next presidency, is slated to appear in a New York court at the beginning of August. Meanwhile, his lawyers continue to insist that the criminal charges against him be dismissed.
Seven charges were issued, including forceful imprisonment and attempted rape.
However, the case against Strauss-Kahn has weakened due to inconsistencies prosecutors have found with the maid who accused the defendant of raping her at the Manhattan Sofitel hotel in May. The alleged victim is a Guinean immigrant with political asylum in the United States.
Recently, though, the District Attorney’s office discovered holes in her background. According to prosecutors, the hotel maid claimed she had listed a previous rape on her application for asylum, but no such account existed. She also said she had been subjected to genital mutilation. Yet this information differed from what was detailed on her application as well.
Since the District Attorney admitted to these troubling contradictions in their case, Strauss-Kahn was freed from house arrest in New York, though his passport has not been returned.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who used to head the International Monetary Fund in France, has reportedly made a shocking admission to his wife about what happened at the Manhattan Sofitel. Allegedly, he told her that he had had sexual relations with three women between Friday night when he had checked into the hotel and mid afternoon on Saturday.
According to reports, his actions were a way to relax before entering into France’s presidential elections next year.
It has been verified that Strauss-Kahn did proposition at least two hotel employees, inviting them back to his suite for a drink. Additionally, he was caught on hotel security cameras escorting a woman to his room. The unidentified woman left around 3:00am.
The maid, who later accused Strauss-Kahn of rape, entered his room around midday on Saturday to clean. Strauss-Kahn denies ever assaulting her before checking out of the hotel at 12:28pm.
French magazines have portrayed Strauss-Kahn as a chronic seducer. According to interviews with friends close to Anne Sinclair, Strauss-Kahn’s wife of 20 years, the politician had warned his future spouse that he is an “incorrigible skirt chaser”.
Sinclair has stood by Strauss-Kahn through the entire situation and friends say she doesn’t take the charges or the arrest personally.
Other Legal Woes
While his lawyers do expect the sexual assault charges to be dropped at the early August court appearance in New York, Strauss-Kahn has another accusation of attempted rape to address. A French writer named Tristane Banon has filed a criminal complaint against him for an alleged rape attempt eight years ago.
French police are currently conducting a preliminary investigation into these allegations.
Sources close to Banon have suggested this alleged assault is even more disturbing because of the family relationships between the two parties. Banon is the god-daughter of Strauss-Kahn’s second wife and a close friend of his daughter Camille.
If Strauss-Kahn is convicted of this charge, he could face 10 years in prison.