After Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s had resigned as managing director of the International Monetary Fund and his character assassinated by the media that also all but tried and convicted him of raping a hotel maid in New York City in May 2011 — the truth emerged that the maid has so little credibility that the charges were dismissed on August 23, 2011.
Strauss-Kahn’s photo was plastered on the front page of newspapers and websites all over the world when he was arrested on May 14, 2011 for allegedly raping Nafissatou Diallo, a maid at the Sofitel New York, a luxury hotel in Manhattan where he was staying. At the time Strauss-Kahn was the managing director of the International Monetary Fund and a leading candidate for the French presidency. The Telegraph of London reported that because of the allegations Strauss-Kahn “has been destroyed overnight.” Four days after his arrest he resigned from the I.M.F.
Diallo’s original account of the alleged assault was so strange that it raised red flags about its believability for people who retained an open mind: Why would a multi-millionaire and one of the most powerful men in the world allegedly run naked down a hotel room corridor chasing a not very attractive hotel maid to force her to have sex with him when he could obtain a prostitute in New York City as easily and quickly as ordering a Dominos Pizza?
Strauss-Kahn, 62, was indicted on May 19, 2011 for two counts of first-degree criminal sexual act, first-degree attempted rape, first-degree sexual abuse, second-degree unlawful imprisonment, third-degree sexual abuse, and forcible touching. Later that day a judge ordered that he could be released on house arrest after posting $6 million — $1 million bail with an additional $5 million in collateral.
Inconsistencies began to be reported in Diallo’s account of the alleged assault, and on July 2 the judge lifted Strauss-Kahn’s house arrest restriction.
Although Diallo had denied to prosecutors that she had a financial motive for accusing Strauss-Kahn of rape, on August 8 she filed a civil lawsuit in New York’s State Supreme Court in the Bronx. The lawsuit sought unspecified damages for what it alleged was Strauss-Kahn’s “senseless attack on Ms. Diallo has caused her to suffer both physical and psychological harm, as well as permanent harm to her professional and personal reputations, and severe mental anguish and emotional distress, from which she may never recover.”
Then on August 22, 2011 Manhattan’s District Attorney filed a “Recommendation For Dismissal” of the charges against Strauss-Kahn. The prosecution’s request for dismissal extensively details that Diallo is a pathological liar with no credibility whatsoever. Among her lies is a detailed story she fabricated for her application for asylum in the United States about being gang raped in Guinea. When confronted by prosecutors with evidence that she hadn’t been truthful Diallo admitted she lied to the grand jury that indicted Strauss-Kahn. Since there was no evidence Diallo had been raped other than her claim — and she told investigators three different and conflicting stories of what allegedly happened — the prosecution simply had no basis to proceed with its case. The “Recommendation For Dismissal” stated in part:
“For a host of reasons, including those set forth below, the complainant’s untruthfulness makes it impossible to credit her. Because we cannot credit the complainant’s testimony beyond a reasonable doubt, we cannot ask a jury to do so. The remaining evidence is insufficient to satisfy the elements of the charged crimes. We are therefore required, as both a legal and ethical matter, to move for dismissal of the indictment.” (11)
After the charges were dismissed the next day he issued a Statement that said in part:
“These past two and a half months have been a nightmare for me and my family. I want to thank all the friends in France and in the United States who have believed in my innocence, and to the thousands of people who sent us their support personally and in writing. I am most deeply grateful to my wife and family who have gone through this ordeal with me.”
Strauss-Kahn’s passport was returned on August 25, and he left the U.S. for France on September 1.
Since Diallo has admitted that she committed perjury about her non-existent gang rape on her application for asylum in the U.S., it is possible she will be deported back to Guinea.
An excellent summary of Strauss-Kahn’s case is on the False Rape Society website.
If it wasn’t for Strauss-Kahn’s financial resources and social position it is questionable if the prosecutors would have delved into Diallo’s past and vetted her story as thoroughly as they did — after initially rushing to the judgment that he was guilty and having him arrested and indicted on what turned out to be perjurious testimony by Diallo. If Strauss-Kahn had been a regular Joe who had to depend for his defense on an overworked public defender, he very well could have wound up convicted and sentenced to spend decades in prison — where he very possibly could have died given his age.