Prosecutors tell NY judge to drop Strauss-Kahn case

NEW YORK, (Reuters) – New York prosecutors asked a  judge to dismiss sexual assault charges against former IMF  chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn yesterday, a stunning reversal  that could revive the political future of a man many had seen  as the next president of France.

Prosecutors gave up hope they could convict Strauss-Kahn  after losing confidence in their star witness, Nafissatou  Diallo, 32, a hotel maid from Guinea who alleged that  Strauss-Kahn emerged naked from the bathroom of his luxury  suite on May 14 and forced her to perform oral sex.

The motion to dismiss, filed after a brief meeting with the  maid and her lawyer, showed prosecutors “no longer have  confidence” that Strauss-Kahn is guilty beyond a reasonable  doubt because the accuser’s story kept shifting.

It urged the judge to drop all charges. Strauss-Kahn will  appear in court on Tuesday at 1130 ET (1530 GMT).

Only three months ago, Strauss-Kahn was the world’s leading  financial diplomat, confidant of presidents rescuing  debt-ridden nations. His downfall was shocking. Pulled from a  first-class seat on an Air France by police, he was thrown into  New York City’s gang-ridden Rikers jail on charges of attempted  rape.

Prosecutors in May had said the maid’s complaint was  “truthful” and “consistent.” But the case began to crumble when  prosecutors found Diallo had lied on her immigration forms  about a gang rape in Guinea, lied on her tax forms and gave  three different versions of events surrounding the encounter in  the Sofitel Hotel in Times Square.

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