Charges Against Dominique Strauss-Kahn to be Dropped

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

New reports say prosecutors in New York City are prepared to drop all charges against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

Last Friday Strauss-Kahn was released from house arrest and given his bail money back as the credibility of his accuser came under question. The charges against him, however, still stand. But The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday that at the next hearing on July 18, the attempted rape charges are expected to be dropped.

"It would have to be that I believed every word that came out of her mouth, and that I believe in the criminal aspect of what occurred," Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon told The Journal about whether she will proceed with the case.

The New York Post has a similar report, with a source saying the accuser would not be believable on the witness stand.

"Her credibility is so bad now, we know we cannot sustain a case with her," the source said.

Details have come out that paint a very different picture of the accuser, a hotel maid who claims Strauss-Kahn attacked her at the ritzy Sofitel hotel, forcing her to perform oral sex on her.

Prosecutors admit she lied on her tax returns and on her asylum application from Guinea. They are also suspicious of deposits made to her bank accounts, as well as a phone call to a man in a federal prison in Arizona shortly after the alleged attack.

More concerning are her actions after the alleged incident. The woman told the grand jury that she ran out of the room, then waited in a hallway until she saw Strauss-Kahn get into an elevator, then reported what happened.

It turns out she cleaned two rooms, including Strauss-Kahn's, before telling her supervisor.

The New York Times reports there is still physical evidence of a forced attack, such as bruising on her genitals and a rape report from a hospital, but the woman's inconsistencies could undermine her testimony to a jury.

"We're doing our job," Illuzzi-Orbon told The Times. "We don't get paid by indictment. We don't get paid by convictions. We get paid to do the right thing."

These reports come on the same day that a French author formally accused Strauss-Kahn of trying to rape her during an interview in 2002.