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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

DOMINIQUE STRAUSS-KAHN: lawyers clash on medical evidence!

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Strauss-Kahn lawyers clash on medical evidence

New York: Lawyers for Dominique Strauss-Kahn and the maid, who accused the French politician of a brutal sex assault clashed on Wednesday over medical reports that bolster her allegations.

The exchange was the latest skirmish ahead of, what could be a crucial court hearing next Tuesday for Strauss-Kahn, who is free on bail.

Attorneys for the maid, Nafissatou Diallo, told a daily newspaper, that the medical report by doctors, who examined her after the alleged incident found injuries consistent with assault and rape.

But William Taylor and Benjamin Brafman, the lawyers for Strauss-Kahn, attacked those assertions, saying the physical condition of Diallo could easily have shown, she had recently engaged in consensual sex, even before the alleged attack.

The "use of the medical reports to confirm or bolster the charges against Mr. Strauss-Kahn is misleading and deceitful," they said in a statement.

"The medical reports confirm that the complainant did not have any injury caused by a forcible encounter. The physical descriptions of the complainant in the medical reports are not injuries at all, and are a common condition consistent with many possible causes other than a sexual assault, including consensual sexual activity days before the incident."

At next week's hearing, prosecutors are expected to reveal, whether they will drop charges or press their case against the former head of the International Monetary Fund and highly touted potential candidate for the French presidency.

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