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Credibility of Housekeeper in DSK Sex Assault Case In Doubt

The credibility of the housekeeper in the Dominique Strauss-Kahn sex assault case is in question casting serious doubt on the prosecutors' case.

In May, the housekeeper accused the former IMF chief of trying to rape her and forcing her to perform oral sex on him at a Manhattan hotel.

But in recent weeks, Strauss-Kahn's defense team hinted at evidence that would seriously cast doubt on the housekeeper's credibility. Now, the prosecutors themselves have revealed damaging discoveries that could force them to drop the case, reports the New York Times.

Among the damaging discoveries are possible ties between the housekeeper and a criminal drug ring, and a general series of lies and inconsistencies in the woman's statements, reports the Times.

According to the Times, within a day of the alleged sexual assault, the housekeeper sought counsel with a man who was in jail for possessing 400 pounds of marijuana on the benefits of bringing charges against Strauss-Kahn. The exact nature of the housekeeper's relationship with the man was not revealed, but the man had reportedly deposited over $100,000 into the housekeeper's bank account over the past several years.

In addition, prosecutors revealed several inconsistencies in the housekeeper's statements. For example, she said she only had one cell phone, but records reveal that she was paying hundreds of dollars a month to five different phone companies. Also, the woman claimed a previous rape and genital mutilation in her asylum application, but there were inconsistencies in these documents as well.

Despite these new discoveries, the woman maintains that Strauss-Kahn attempted to rape her.

Unfortunately, as the credibility of the housekeeper is attacked, prosecutors may drop the Dominique Strauss-Kahn sex assault case as they are afraid that they will be unable to convince a jury of a case based so much on her testimony as to the events that took place.

Note: At time of writing, a New York judge has released Strauss-Kahn on his own recognizance.

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