An absolute bombshell from the New York Times…The case against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is on the verge of collapse, as prosecutors have found serious holes in the evidence.
While there was evidence of sexual activity, Strauss-Kahn’s accuser has repeatedly lied to prosecutors, according to the report, which cites a law enforcement official. And now, the prosecutors “do not believe much of what the accuser has told them about the circumstances or herself.”
(So this isn’t just that the accuser has a credibility problem that could make her story tough to prove. It’s that prosecutors no longer believe her story.)
The accuser is tainted in other ways:
Among the discoveries, one of the officials said, are issues involving the asylum application of the 32-year-old housekeeper, who is Guinean, and possible links to criminal activities, including drug dealing and money laundering.
Specifically according to NYT:
- The accuser held phone conversations with a man who has been arrested for marijuana dealing about whether to pursue the case (the call was recorded).
- That man has deposited over $100,000 in cash into her bank account over the last two years.
- Contrary to her claim of owning just one phone, she’s paying hundreds of dollars per month to five different phone companies.
- She also has apparently lied to investigators about a past rape in her plea for asylum in the US, as well as an unsubstantiated claim of genital mutiliation.
Prosecutors are in discussions over whether to dismiss the charges.
DSK will be in court tomorrow, where the judge may ease bail conditions.
Earlier today, a French newspaper reported that the DSK team thought he could get off on a technicality, but this seems to be much bigger than that.
As was reported back at the end of May, the DSK team planned to go aggressively against the maid’s credibility. It seems the prosecutors themselves have done the work for the them.