Strauss-Kahn Expected to Attack Maid's Character

Defense team says it has info that discredits accuser
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 31, 2011 4:22 AM CDT
Former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn listens to proceedings in his case in New York state Supreme Court, Thursday, May 19, 2011.    (AP Photo/Richard Drew, Pool)

(Newser) – A merciless attack on the character of his accuser is likely to be the centerpiece of Dominique Strauss-Kahn's defense against sexual assault charges, legal experts tell the Wall Street Journal. His lawyers—who are expected to launch a consensual sex defense—will be looking at everything the 32-year-old immigrant from Guinea has done since her early teens, experts say.

The Frenchman's defense may have already dug up some dirt: They recently warned prosecutors that they had "substantial information" that could "gravely undermine the credibility of the complainant" in the case. "There's not a lot of rocket science to this. They're going to be looking to discredit her," says a retired NYPD official, now an exec at an investigative firm. "At the end of the day, it's a he-said, she-said situation."

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