Here's the Letter From Prosecutors in DSK Case

It lays out lies the accuser told about her personal history
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 1, 2011 5:39 PM CDT
Former IMF leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn leave court with his wife, Anne Sinclair, Friday.   (AP Photo/David Karp)

(Newser) – The Toronto Globe and Mail has the full letter that prosecutors in the Dominique Strass-Kahn case wrote to defense lawyers raising doubts about the maid's credibility. Among other things, it details lies she admits telling in her 2004 asylum application to improve her chances of being accepted, including a story of being gang-raped in Guinea. "She stated that she fabricated the statement with the assistance of a male who provided her with a cassette recording of the facts contained in the statement that she eventually submitted. She memorized these facts by listening to the recording repeatedly."

She initially repeated the gang-rape story to prosecutors but later admitted it never happened—she had just wanted to be consistent with her asylum application story. The letter also points out inconsistencies in her story about what she did in the immediate aftermath of the alleged DSK attack, specifically whether she fled to a hallway or continued cleaning rooms. "During the course of this investigation, the complainant was untruthful with assistant district attorneys about a variety of additional topics concerning her history, background, present circumstances and personal relationships," it concludes. Writes Megan McCardle at the Atlantic: "This doesn't mean she wasn't raped. But it would be very difficult to convict based on this person's testimony." Read the full letter here. (Read more Dominique Strauss Kahn stories.)

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