Strauss-Kahn charges could be dropped: lawyer

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The lawyer for the woman accusing former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault says he believes all or some of the charges will be dropped, The New York Times reported Saturday.

Kenneth Thompson, the attorney for hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo, made the statement after New York prosecutors scheduled a new meeting with his client for Monday, according to the paper.

"My interpretation of that letter is that they're going to announce that theyre dismissing the case entirely, or some of the charges," Thompson told the Times.

"If they were not going to dismiss the charges," he added, "there would be no need to meet with her. They would just go to court the next day to say, 'We're going to proceed with the case.'"

Thompson said he and Diallo would attend the meeting.

Strauss-Kahn's arrest in May on charges of attempting to rape Diallo sent shockwaves through France -- where he was a leading politician -- and the International Monetary Fund, where he quickly resigned from his post.

An assistant to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance refused to comment to the paper about the upcoming meeting.

© 2011 AFP

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