Text: We're sorry. The text content of this page is no longer available.

Video: Case against Strauss-Kahn crumbling

  1. Closed captioning of: Case against Strauss-Kahn crumbling

    >>> today about why the legal case against the former head of the international monetary fund may be falling apart. strauss-kahn was released yesterday after prosecutors raised serious questions about the hotel maid who accused him of sexually assaulting her in a new york city hotel suite . ron allen is in lower manhattan tonight.

    >> reporter: strauss-kahn still faces charges of sexual assault, but it's almost as if the accuser the facing trial now as more new negative allegations arise about her, her past and her story. many legal expert rs now saying it will be very difficult for prosecutors to convict the former imf chief of any kind of crime. no longer under house arrest , dominique strauss-kahn an his wife left the luxury townhouse with no word on their destination after leaving court with a $6 million bail and bond back in his pocket, he dined at this exclusive manhattan restaurant, reportedly running up a $700 tab. while today, new details about what led prosecutors to question the accuser's story. a 32-year-old housekeeper at this hotel. sources close to the investigation revealed she telephoned an alleged drug dealer after the incident to talk about how to profit. now, "the new york times" reports that person was her boyfriend. in an arizona jail. and she says words to the effect of, don't worry, this guy has a lot of money. i know what i'm doing. a conversation prosecutors just translated days ago from her native dialect.

    >> if these allegations are true, it seems this case is so compromised, the only thing the d.a's evidence should do is dismiss the indictment.

    >> it is a fact that the victim here made some mistakes. but that doesn't mean she's not a rape victim.

    >> reporter: however, observers say the very public admissions that she has been untruthful about a wide variety of topics, makes her a difficult victim.

    >> people say unconsciously and consciously in their head whether or not they believe the person and they take into consideration people's reputations, their backgrounds.

    >> reporter: a letter prosecutors sent to the court also reveals the woman now says she did not report the incident to a supervisor immediately, but instead, proceeded to clean a nearby room and then strauss-kahn 's room as well. they say she admits filing false tax returns and misrepresenting her income. and then this. prosecutors say the woman told them an moesh story about being a victim of gang rape and later admitted that never occurred. legal expert says it is still possible for rape victims with dubious past to find justice, but in this case, they say the defendant is unlikely to accept a plea deal or admit guilt. certainly seems to have the resources, the money and determination to fight hard to clear his name.

Timeline: Dominique Strauss-Kahn


Discussion comments


Most active discussions

  1. votes comments
  2. votes comments
  3. votes comments
  4. votes comments