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Christopher Dickey and John Solomon, thedailybeast.com / Aug 22, 2011 6:06 PM EDT.
At the urging of prosecutors, a Manhattan judge has dropped all charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Christopher Dickey and John Solomon on why DSK may never face his alleged victim in court.
UPDATE: A Manhattan judge on Tuesday dropped all criminal charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn. The decision was stayed pending an appeal by Diallo's lawyers.
The man, who was the head of the International Monetary Fund and a leading contender for the French presidency before a hotel chambermaid accused him of criminal sexual assault on May 14, will soon be able to return to his native France whenever he chooses. He may not have been “cleared” (as some French newspapers have suggested already), but he’ll probably never face his alleged victim in an American courtroom.
The district attorney’s explanation for wanting to dismiss the Strauss-Kahn indictment, as stated in a 25-page court filing, raises almost as many questions as it answers about what Strauss-Kahn, 62, did or did not do to the African immigrant maid, 32-year-old Nafissatou Diallo. The prosecutors now argue that they have found so many lies in her account of her background and of what happened immediately after the alleged incident, that they simply no longer trust her. “The nature and number of the complainant’s falsehoods leave us unable to credit her version beyond a reasonable doubt,” they write. “If we do not believe her beyond a reasonable doubt, we cannot ask a jury to do so.”
The physical evidence strongly supports the maid’s claim that she had oral sex with Strauss-Kahn. According to the prosecutors’ filing on Monday, Strauss-Kahn’s DNA was found in three stains on the upper part of Diallo’s maid’s uniform. His DNA also was found on the carpet in his luxury suite at the Manhattan Sofitel. Diallo said she spit out his semen after the alleged attack, and in three of the four samples Strauss-Kahn’s semen appears to have been mixed with her saliva.