NYT: Strauss-Kahn case "on the verge of collapse" 

In a stunning turn of events, the former IMF director and potential French president whose life came tumbling down when he was charged with sexual assault, may soon walk free, the New York Times reports.   

According to the Times:

The sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn is on the verge of collapse as investigators have uncovered major holes in the credibility of the housekeeper who charged that he attacked her in his Manhattan hotel suite in May, according to two well-placed law enforcement officials.

Although forensic tests found unambiguous evidence of a sexual encounter between Mr. Strauss-Kahn, a French politician, and the woman, prosecutors do not believe much of what the accuser has told them about the circumstances or about herself.

The article goes on to say that prosecutors are considering dropping the felony charges and that Strauss-Kahn could be released from house arrest as soon as Friday.

Among the issues with the accuser that apparently raised the eyebrows of prosecutors:

According to the two officials, the woman had a phone conversation with an incarcerated man within a day of her encounter with Mr. Strauss-Kahn in which she discussed the possible benefits of pursuing the charges against him. The conversation was recorded.

That man, the investigators learned, had been arrested on charges of possessing 400 pounds of marijuana. He is among a number of individuals who made multiple cash deposits, totaling around $100,000, into the woman’s bank account over the last two years. The deposits were made in Arizona, Georgia, New York and Pennsylvania.                                         

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