Strauss-Kahn lawyer says meeting 'constructive'

6th July 2011, Comments 0 comments

Dominique Strauss-Kahn's lawyer left what he termed a "constructive" meeting with prosecutors Wednesday without commenting on whether the sexual assault case was moving towards a dismissal.

"We had a constructive meeting. That's all I'm going to say," defense attorney Benjamin Brafman told reporters after exiting the meeting in Manhattan with chief prosecutor Cyrus Vance.

The case against Strauss-Kahn suffered a major blow last week when prosecutors cast doubt on the credibility of the maid at the luxury Manhattan hotel who accuses him of assaulting and attempting to rape her on May 14.

Wednesday's meeting came amid growing speculation that prosecutors may have to abandon the case against the former head of the International Monetary Fund, who now faces a second attempted rape case back in France.

Last week Strauss-Kahn -- a prominent French politician once seen as in line for the presidency -- was released from house arrest after prosecutors disclosed their doubts about the Guinean-born maid.

But the judge and the prosecution also insisted that the matter was not closed and that the charges still stand. Strauss-Kahn is due back in court for another hearing on July 18.

© 2011 AFP

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