Manhattan DA is expected to drop case against Strauss-Kahn
With the criminal case against ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn poised to end Tuesday, women’s rights group are ready to protest the Manhattan district attorney’s likely decision to drop sex-assault charges.
Strauss-Kahn’s accuser – hotel housekeeper Nafissatou Diallo – is set to meet with the Manhattan DA’s Office at 3 p.m. Monday, according to her attorneys, who expect District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. to end his pursuit of the former French politician.
Prosecutors will then ask a judge to throw out the charges during a hearing Tuesday, according to reports.
“It will be a major setback for all women who are victims of sexual crimes and no doubt deter others from coming forward,” Diallo attorney Douglas Wigdor told Reuters.
Women’s rights groups are planning rallies Monday and Tuesday outside of Manhattan Criminal Court to demand that Vance stay on the case.
The New York Post reported Sunday that Vance’s team will ask for a dismissal of the case after its four-month investigation, in part because of Diallo’s shaky credibility. A Vance spokeswoman and an attorney for Strauss-Kahn declined comment.
Strauss-Kahn, 62, was accused in May of forcing Diallo, 32, to perform oral sex in his upscale midtown hotel room that she had gone inside to clean.
He has denied the account, and prosecutors later learned Diallo, a Guinean native, had lied about her past, including on her U.S. asylum paperwork, and gave conflicting statements about what happened in the alleged hotel attack.
Matthew Galluzzo, a former Manhattan sex-crimes prosecutor, said that would make the DA wary about its case because “you just proved to me you’re a good liar.”
Ron Kuby, a prominent defense lawyer and Vance critic, said the DA rushed to judgment against Strauss-Kahn, but the failure to prosecute such a high-profile case won’t necessarily hurt his reputation and any future re-election bid.
“It’s very hard to unseat a sitting DA,” Kuby said.