'No element' of force in Strauss-Kahn case: lawyer

6th June 2011, Comments 0 comments

A defense lawyer for Dominique Strauss-Kahn said Monday there was "no element" of forcible compulsion in the case in which the fallen IMF chief has been charged with trying to rape a hotel maid.

"It will be clear that there was no element of forcible compulsion in this case whatsoever. Any suggestion to the contrary is simply not credible," defense lawyer Benjamin Brafman said.

He was speaking outside a New York court after Strauss-Kahn pleaded not guilty to charges of sexually assaulting a 32-year-old immigrant from West Africa when she went to clean his room at the Sofitel hotel on May 14.

The judge adjourned the case to the next hearing on July 18.

© 2011 AFP

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