WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New York prosecutors are scheduled to meet with the lawyers for former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn on Wednesday to discuss whether the sexual assault case against him can be resolved through a dismissal or a plea agreement, The New York Times reported.
The next scheduled court appearance is on July 18. Prosecutors have said their case has been weakened because of problems with the accuser’s credibility.
The Times cited a senior law enforcement official as saying prosecutors were still gathering evidence and were unlikely to make a decision on Wednesday on whether to dismiss the case or offer a plea bargain.
Strauss-Kahn, 62, was arrested on May 14 at New York’s JFK airport and subsequently was forced to resign as managing director of the International Monetary Fund.
But revelations that the accuser had lied about being raped in Guinea in a U.S. asylum request, and changed details of her story about what she did after the incident in Strauss-Kahn’s New York hotel suite, undermined her credibility and left prosecutors struggling to make a case.
A judge released Strauss-Kahn from house arrest and lifted strict bail conditions on Friday, although serious charges including sexual assault and attempted rape remain in place against the man once seen as a top French presidential contender.
In Paris on Tuesday, French writer Tristane Banon filed a complaint alleging that Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her during an interview in a Paris apartment in 2003, when she was 22.
(Writing by Eric Beech; Editing by Kevin Liffey)
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