The former head of the International Monetary Fund has given his first television interview since returning to France after being arrested in May on accusations he sexually assaulted a hotel maid in New York. The charges were dropped but Dominique Strauss Kahn still faces a lawsuit brought by the maid. A French writer also claims he tried to rape her. Eleanor Beardsley reports from Paris.
A New York judge dismissed the sexual assault case against the former head of the International Monetary Fund. The AP reports that the ruling won't take effect, however, until an appeals court hears the accuser's request for a special prosecutor.
Yesterday, prosecutors asked the judge to drop the charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, because of issues with the credibility of his accuser.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn is due back in court next Tuesday. The sexual assault case against him has been on shaky ground since prosecutors announced they had serious concerns about the credibility of his accuser. But there's one person who's determined to prosecute: the woman's lawyer, Kenneth Thompson. Ailsa Chang of member station WNYC profiles Thompson, a federal prosecutor turned victim's lawyer. Note: This report contains graphic language.
There was plenty of dialogue about the treatment of women in France following the sexual assault charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Now that the case against the former IMF chief appears to be unraveling, many women fear the soul-searching will not continue. NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reports.
The case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn has riveted France. His arrest sparked a national debate about the treatment of women and the role of the media. It also upended French politics, as prior to his arrest, Strauss-Kahn was seen as a potential challenger in next year's presidential election. Host Scott Simon speaks to Le Monde Senior Editor Sylvie Kauffmann about how the French are reacting to the latest developments in the case.