US prosecutors to meet Strauss-Kahn lawyers: reports

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New York prosecutors will meet with the lawyers of Dominique Strauss-Kahn on Wednesday to discuss the increasingly difficult sexual assault case against the former IMF chief, CNN reported.

The news network cited a source with knowledge of the case. Neither the lawyers nor prosecutors could immediately be reached for comment.

The New York Times also reported that the two sides would meet, but cited a senior law enforcement official as saying prosecutors were not expected to decide on Wednesday whether to dismiss the case.

The lawyers and prosecutors had not been scheduled to meet until July 18.

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 accused him of assaulting and attempting to rape her on May 14.

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.

US media have since reported that prosecutors plan to drop the charges.

On Tuesday a French writer filed a complaint alleging that Strauss-Kahn attempted to rape her about eight years ago, indicating he could face further legal woes if and when he returns to France.

Strauss-Kahn resigned from the International Monetary Fund in May to battle the US charges, leading to a change in leadership at the global lender during the Greek debt crisis threatening the eurozone.

© 2011 AFP

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