Strauss-Kahn arrives at New York court

1st July 2011, Comments 0 comments

Ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn walked into court in New York Friday for a special hearing in his sexual assault case, amid revelations that charges against him were unraveling on doubts about his accuser's credibility.

Strauss-Kahn and his wife Anne Sinclair strode into the courthouse where a judge was holding a surprise hearing on the case, which appears to be taking an extraordinary turn amid reports that prosecutors uncovered gaping holes in the credibility of the hotel maid who accused Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault.

About 100 journalists were packed into the viewer's gallery of Room 51, on the 13th floor of the courthouse in Manhattan, and a throng of television cameras and reporters outside.

Prosecutors have agreed to free Strauss-Kahn from house arrest and return his bail money after admitting the accuser had lied repeatedly to prosecutors, according to Bloomberg TV.

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 reported, citing two sources familiar with the case.

© 2011 AFP

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