Strauss-Kahn charges could be dropped this week
Accuser's lawyer fears prosecutor to drop case against ex-IMF head at Monday meeting
The hotel maid who accused former International Monetary Fund director Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault feels "abandoned" by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, her attorney said Sunday.
In an interview with France's RTL radio that comes a day after he told The New York Times he feared Vance would dismiss the charges against Strauss-Kahn, lawyer Kenneth Thompson said his client, Nassifatou Diallo "is hurt, she is depressed."
"Ms. Diallo feels abandoned by the Manhattan district attorney," Thompson said, adding that questions about Diallo's credibility as a witness have made her feel "that she's being investigated more than Strauss-Kahn."
Diallo and her 15-year-old daughter "cry themselves to sleep because their lives are in shambles because of what happened," he said.
On Saturday, Thompson said he got a letter from an assistant district attorney offering to meet with his client Monday, the day before Strauss-Kahn's next scheduled court appearance — a move he interpreted meaning that prosecutors plan to drop some or all of the charges.
In a separate interview that appeared Sunday in France's Le Journal du Dimanche newspaper, another of Diallo's attorneys, Douglas Wigdor, said "We don't have confidence in (Vance's) desire to take this to court.
"I wonder about his motivations," Wigdor is quoted as saying. "If I were the district attorney, I wouldn't hesitate for a second. I know that most of the district attorneys in New York and in the country wouldn't either."
Defence team says other victims found
Wigdor also said that the defense team's search in Europe for other women who allege they'd been victimized by Strauss-Kahn had turned up "many" people, some of whom were "willing to testify."
Strauss-Kahn was arrested during a May visit to New York City after a housekeeper at a Manhattan hotel told police he attacked her when she arrived to clean his suite. The woman, Diallo, told police that he forced her to perform oral sex and then left the hotel.
The arrest prompted Strauss-Kahn to resign from the IMF, and disrupted his political career in France, where he was seen as a probable candidate for president.
But in July, prosecutors said publicly that Diallo had lied to them about her personal history and some critical details of the case. She also acknowledged lying to U.S. immigration officials about her life in Guinea, her native country, when she applied for political asylum in 2003.
Diallo has also pressed her claims in another forum by suing Strauss-Kahn for unspecified damages in the civil case.
Wigdor warned that the civil case would continue, regardless of Vance's decision.