DA Vance Drops Sex-Assault Charge Against Strauss-Kahn


Three months after authorizing Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s indictment after his arrest on sexual assault charges, Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance today asked a judge to dismiss the case, the New York Times reports. The action ended one of New York’s most closely watched prosecutions in decades, with no conclusion on whether the encounter between Strauss-Kahn, 62, former director of the International Montetary Fund, and hotel housekeeper Nafissatou Diallo, 33, a Guinean immigrant, was criminal or consensual.

Strauss Kahn was a leading candidate for the French presidency before his arrest. An official told the Times that, “prosecutors came to believe that Ms. Diallo seemed unwilling to take responsibility for telling the truth.” She has filed a civil suit against Strauss-Kahn.

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