Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was released without bail today after a dramatic court hearing where the sexual assault case against him appeared to shift in his favour.It appears that the accuser was paid $100k to set DSK up. The NY Post says that she was a prostitute, and a "pathological liar and scam artist". She has made false accusations of rape in the past, and made them under oarh recently. I don't necessarily believe the self-serving story of a French Jewish Socialist banker politician, but it is outrageous to treat him as a common criminal just on the word of a lying immigrant maid with an implausible story.
Strauss-Kahn, who smiled as he walked out of court, still faces felony charges of attempted rape and sexual assault over the alleged attack on a hotel maid in New York. His lawyers said they will seek to have the charges dismissed but the judge said prosecutors were continuing to investigate.
The turnabout could upend French politics. Strauss-Kahn, 62, was a strong candidate for the 2012 French presidential election until his May 14 arrest.
While prosecutors have admitted that they have no case against DSK, they have not dropped the charges. And no one is talking about deporting the con-artist accuser, and the press is not even printing her name. The Irish Times now says her name is Nafissatou Diallo, but other papers are not saying.
Update: The Manhattan DA responsible for botching this case is Cyrus Vance, Jr.. He overruled his staff and insisted on the aggressive charges, in spite of the contrary evidence. His father was famous for resigning as Jimmy Carter's Secretary of State because he disagreed with using military force to rescue American hostages in Iran.