Strauss-Kahn with woman before alleged rape: report
Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was seen entering an elevator at 1:20 am with an unknown woman the night before he allegedly tried to rape a hotel maid, the New York Times reported Friday.
It cited a law enforcement official as saying that video cameras picked up the two of them boarding the elevator. The official told the Times the woman was identified and located but declined to speak with investigators.
The Times also reported that two hotel workers told investigators that Strauss-Kahn had invited them to his suite the same night, and that they had separately declined.
In any case, on May 14, the morning of the alleged assault, Strauss-Kahn ordered room service breakfast for one, the newspaper said.
Strauss-Kahn resigned as head of the International Monetary Fund in May to battle the sexual assault charges and saw his promising political career in France -- where he was seen as a presidential contender -- virtually collapse.
But the case was dealt a major blow last week when prosecutors raised doubts about the credibility of the Guinean-born maid accusing him.
The reports that Strauss-Kahn had sought to seduce other women, if true, could support the prosecution's argument that he was sexually aggressive or play into his defense team's contention that any sexual encounter between him and the maid was consensual.
© 2011 AFP