The prosecution will not dismiss its case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, despite news that the accusing witness may have severe credibility issues.
The former IMF chief has been granted bail, however, according to CNBC.
Strauss-Kahn will be “released on his new recognizance” and is now freed from house arrest.
“This is a wonderful time for the family to be together,” one of Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers said outside the courthouse.
Their client, who left the courthouse earlier, was beaming as he exited the building.
“We want to remind all of you how easy it is for there to be a rush to judgement. It’s so important for people, especially the media, to reserve their judgement until all the facts of the case are presented,” Strauss-Kahn’s attorneys said. “We have maintained from the beginning he is innocent of all charges, and these revelations reinforce our conviction he will be exonerated,”
Maid’s Lawyer Details Accusations Explicitly Outside Courthouse
The maid’s lawyer, Kenneth Thompson, spoke at length to press outside the courthouse following the hearing.
“She has never once changed details about the account,” Thompson said. “What they did not tell you is that she came forward herself about her asylum application.”
The maid’s asylum application is being cited as one of the reasons for prosecutors doubting her story and credibility.
“Number one, when the victim walked into that suite, it was for one reason,” Thompson said. “That was to clean that room. She went into that room believing that no-one was in that room… He started to attack her.”
Thompson detailed explicitly the maid’s accusations for the first time.
“He grabbed her vagina with so much force that he hurt her,” Thompson said of Strauss-Kahn. “The DA knows that. When nurses examined her later, they saw the bruises on her vagina… She now may need surgery on her shoulder.”
Thompson argued that New York District Attorney Cy Vance, is scared to prosecute the case. He said his client will come forward to discuss the accusations.
Until today, Strauss-Kahn was forbidden from leaving the Manhattan townhouse in which he and his wife, Anne Sinclair, had made a temporary home. The French politician has also been wearing a security bracelet.
His passport has not been returned.
Strauss-Kahn is still under indictment by a grand jury; the judge can’t dismiss the charges of sexual assault himself. So unwinding the case could take months.
Last night news broke that the prosecutor’s case against the former IMF chief is on the verge of collapse, largely due to credibility issues with the accuser.
The New York Times reported that today, Judge Obus was “expected to consider easing the extraordinary bail conditions that he imposed on Mr. Strauss-Kahn in the days after he was charged.”
Strauss-Kahn can now travel freely within the United States, but cannot leave the country.