NEW YORK – As Manhattan prosecutors move to drop sexual assault charges, Dominique Strauss-Kahn was released from house arrest.
Investigators for the prosecution have uncovered serious credibility issues with the hotel housekeeper who accused Strauss-Kahn of rape.
Before the heavily publicized charges were filed, Strauss-Kahn had been seen as a frontrunner for France’s presidential election next year.
As he left the Tribeca townhouse where he had been on house arrest since May, he told reporters he “was going to relax by the sea and maybe take a nap in the sun.”
On his way out of town, Strauss-Kahn stopped at Taija Body Work on W. 8th St. in Greenwich Village, which specializes in “deep tissue massage and general rejuvenation.” He exited about an hour later looking refreshed.
Prosecutors will hold Strauss-Kahn’s passport until the charges are completely dropped, so he cannot leave the country.
As for the accuser, she has reportedly lied to prosecutors throughout their investigation. In addition, there are inconsistencies regarding her asylum status and application as well as her personal relationships. She has ties, including recorded jailhouse phone calls, to a known drug smuggler. Furthering her credibility issues, she received multiple cash deposits into her bank account totaling $100,000 made at banks in five different U.S. cities.
When asked if he had any words for his accuser, a massaged Strauss-Kahn replied, “she folds back a nice sheet.”