It’s in most newspapers, but the NY Times seems to be a main source. Here’s the beginning of what they say:
Dominique Strauss-Kahn was released from house arrest on Friday as the sexual assault case against him moved one step closer to dismissal after prosecutors told a Manhattan judge that they had serious problems with the case.
Prosecutors acknowledged that there were significant credibility issues with the hotel housekeeper who accused Mr. Strauss-Kahn of trying to rape her in May. In a brief hearing at State Supreme Court in Manhattan, prosecutors did not oppose his release; the judge then freed Mr. Strauss-Kahn on his own recognizance.
The problems with the accuser do not seem to be precisely with her report of the attempted rape. Rather, there are discrepancies between what she has said recently and what she said in her request for asylum. Further, she’s got some connection with what appears to be quite shady business; among other things, someone has deposited $100,000 in her bank account over the last year. Finally, she also had a conversation with someone in jail about the benefits of pursuing her claim against SK; that conversation got recorded. This last doesn’t seem to bear on credibility, but it does not look too good apparently.
The problem is that the prosecutors do not think they can get any conviction if the accuser has such credibility problems. That seems believable to me. The lesson here seems clear: if you think you’ll get raped and want to bring a case about it to trial, try to live a blameless life.
Perhaps at least this will lead to some soul-searching about rape and the courts.