Strauss-Kahn statement after charges dismissed

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Former IMF chief and one-time French presidential hopeful Dominique Strauss-Kahn issued the following statement Tuesday after sexual assault charges against him were dropped:

"These past two and a half months have been a nightmare for me and my family. I want to thank all the friends in France and in the United States who have believed in my innocence, and to the thousands of people who sent us their support personally and in writing. I am most deeply grateful to my wife and family who have gone through this ordeal with me.

"We also want to express our appreciation to Judge Obus and his staff and especially to all the people who work in this court who made such an effort to protect my wife and me whenever we came here."

© 2011 AFP

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