The embattled former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been freed from home confinement while awaiting trial on sexual assault charges after Manhattan prosecutors found evidence undermining his accuser’s credibility.
62 year old Strauss-Kahn accused of sexually assaulting and attempting to rape a hotel maid in New York on May 14, will have his bail funds returned but not his passport, said New York State Supreme Court Justice Michael Obus.
“The case is not over,” Obus told Strauss-Kahn today. The former IMF head left the courthouse in downtown Manhattan after the hearing ended, walking out of the front entrance through a throng of media cameras before getting into a Lexus SUV.
Prosecutors’ comprehensive investigation “caused us to reassess” because doubts about the victim’s credibility were raised, assistant district attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon told the judge. Prosecutors won’t dismiss the case now, she said. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said after the hearing that his office will continue to investigate the alleged crime.
Benjamin Brafman, Strauss-Kahn’s lawyer, said after the hearing that he believed all charges will eventually be dismissed.
“We believed from the beginning that this case was not what it appeared to be,” he said.