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The sexual-assault case against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is rapidly falling apart thanks to serious questions regarding the credibility of his accuser, reports The New York Times. According to the Times, though forensic evidence indicates sexual contact between Strauss-Kahn and the hotel maid who accused him of assault in May, the thirty-two-year-old Guinean woman has "repeatedly lied" to officials throughout the case, may have criminal ties, and "prosecutors do not believe much of what the accuser has told them about the circumstances or about herself." One anonymous source summed the whole thing up simply by saying "it is a mess."
Apparently, Strauss-Kahn's accuser may have been receiving money from people tied to drug dealing and money laundering:
According to officials, the woman had a phone conversation with an incarcerated man within a day of her encounter with Strauss-Kahn in which she discussed the possible benefits of pursuing the charges against him. The conversation was recorded. That man, the investigators learned, had been arrested on charges of possessing 400 pounds of marijuana. He is among a number of individuals who made multiple cash deposits, totaling around $100,000, into the woman’s bank account over the last two years.
Meanwhile, the judge for the case is said to be considering loosening the terms of Strauss-Kahn's bail, though in the meantime the politician is still under house arrest and was already forced to resign from his position as chief of the IMF.
Further details on the story are sure to emerge over the next few days, and if this is all true, it's awful both for Strauss-Kahn and for actual victims of sexual assault whose own claims are so often belittled by these kinds of false accusations.