Lawyer insists Strauss-Kahn 'assaulted' accuser: report

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A lawyer for Dominique Strauss-Kahn's accuser insisted Friday to The New York Times that the former IMF chief "sexually assaulted the victim," despite revelations that prosecutors have grave doubts about her credibility.

In an email to the daily, attorney Kenneth Thompson did not directly rebut allegations that prosecutors uncovered substantial holes in the woman's credibility and that the case against the French politician and potential presidential candidate was on the verge of imploding altogether.

He backed the accusations by his client, a Guinea-born New York hotel maid, that she was violently assaulted by Strauss-Kahn.

"Nothing changes one very important fact, namely, that Dominique Strauss-Kahn violently sexually assaulted the victim inside of that hotel room at the Sofitel," Thompson wrote.

But the case against Strauss-Kahn, who was seen as a serious contender for the French presidency before his arrest in New York in May, looked to be on in increasingly shaky ground.

The Times late Thursday quoted two law enforcement officials saying the prosecutors would tell the judge Friday that they "have problems with the case" based on discoveries by investigators, and that they will disclose more of their findings to the defense.

And Bloomberg TV quoted prosecutors saying they have agreed to free Strauss-Kahn from house arrest and return his bail money.

If the judge agrees, Strauss-Kahn would be freed "on his own recognizance," meaning he could travel freely in the United States and have his $1 million bail and $5 million bond returned, Bloomberg TV reported, citing two sources familiar with the case.

© 2011 AFP

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