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    >>> new details this morning about the apparent unraveling of the sexual assault case against former imf chief dominick strauss-kahn . this just days after he was suddenly released from house arrest . nbc's jeff rossen is with us with more. jeff, good morning.

    >> willie, good morning to you. he really hit the town this weekend. literally overnight dominick strauss-kahn went from ankle bracelets to freedom. he can go anywhere he wants in the country but yet he remains in new york near the scene of the alleged crime. this morning we're learning more about the case and hotel made sto maid story. within hours of his release, dominick strauss-kahn flashed a smile and took his wife to dinner. the man who sat in a kril at rikers as an accused sexual predator is out and about. chased by the media through city streets he dined at this exclusive upper east side restaurant, reportedly racking up a $700 tab. saturday he reportedly had lunch at the museum of modern art , before returning to his $50,000 a month townhouse. now new details why the case against him may be collapsing. prosecutors say the hotel maid who accused strauss-kahn of sexual assault repeatedly lied. in fact, just after the enkoubtser, according to the "new york times," she called her boyfriend, an alleged drug dealer in prison, telling him, don't worry, this guy has a lot of money. i know what i'm doing.

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

    >> reporter: the maid still stands behind her story that strauss-kahn attacked her but in a letter to the defense team prosecutors admit there are holes in her story. for example, she didn't report the attack as soon as it happened, as she first claimed. instead, she proceeded to clean a nearby room and then returned to suite 2806. stra strauss-kahn 's room. and began to xleen that suite before she reported the incident to her supervisor. they also say she lied about her past, telling investigators as she cried she had been the victim of a gang rape in her native ginny later admitting she made it up and fabricated the details.

    >> any one lie would cause her credibility to be at issue. the problem is that you have lie after lie and they are not just lies about her past, but they are lies about what happens around this case. it's game over.

    >> reporter: the da hasn't dropped the charges but experts say it's just a matter of time.

    >> as with every case, our office's commitment is to the truth and the facts, and that will govern how we proceed.

    >> before his arrest, dominick strauss-kahn was a strong contender for french president . in a new poll, 49% of voters in france would actually welcome him back to politics. of course, he can't go back there yet until the charges are officially charged because the authorities still have his passport. willie, he's back in court later this month.

    >> amazing twist in that case. jeff, thanks so much.

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