”A Manhattan Supreme Court justice lifted Strauss-Kahn’s restrictive bail conditions after the Manhattan district attorney’s office conceded there were ‘substantial credibility issues’ with the maid’s story and background.
The Manhattan district attorney’s office discovered that the 32-year-old housekeeper, a native of Guinea, was linked to crimes such as drug dealing and money laundering and that she provided false information while seeking U.S. asylum.
Prosecutors believe the woman also lied about being raped in Guinea when she applied for U.S. asylum, which could damage her credibility in the case against Strauss-Kahn, the official said.
Thompson (Victims attorney), who criticized the district attorney’s office for leaking information about the case that undermines his client’s credibility, said Vance (Manhattan district attorney) is laying the groundwork to dismiss charges against Strauss-Kahn. “He is afraid of losing another high-profile case,” Thompson said.
Thompson said his client voluntarily came forward to discuss inaccurate information tied to her application for asylum. While acknowledging that her application was “not completely accurate,” Thompson said his client had falsified part of her application on the advice of someone who told her she needed to make a stronger argument to remain in the U.S.”