Judge Releases Dominique Strauss-Kahn On His Own Recognizance

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Dominique Strauss-Kahn is a relatively free man after a judge released him on his own recognizance Friday.

The judge freed Strauss-Kahn from house arrest without bail following blockbuster revelations regarding the accuser’s credibility. Although he is no longer under house arrest, that does not mean that the case is over – or that he can leave the country.

Prosecutors said they are reassessing their case against Strauss-Kahn following an extensive background check of his accuser.

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“Today’s proceedings did not dismiss the indictment or any of the charges against the defendant,” Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. said outside the court.

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Vance said the original indictment was made against Strauss-Kahn based on evidence put before a Grand Jury. Vance said that the District Attorney’s office continued the investigation after the indictment.

“That investigation raised concerns about the [accuser’s] credibility,” Vance said.

Strauss-Kahn’s passport is still being held, and his case is still under consideration. He is free to travel anywhere within the country.

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His release signifies that prosecutors are likely to drop the most serious charges in the case. His attorneys touted the change of circumstances.

“We believed from the beginning that this case was not what it appeared to be and we are absolutely convinced that while today is a first giant step in the right direction, the next step will lead to a complete dismissal of the charges,” Strauss-Kahn’s attorney Benjamin Brafman said.

“I want to remind all of you that at each appearance in the last six weeks we asked you and we asked the world not to rush to judgement in this case and now I think you can understand why,” Brafman said.

Strauss-Kahn resigned from the IMF in the wake of the scandal.  However, from the beginning, his attorneys said their client was innocent and that his name would be cleared.

“How easy it is for people to be charged with serious crimes and for there to be a rush to judgement,” Attorney William Taylor said.

After Strauss-Kahn was freed, Kenneth Thompson, the accuser’s attorney, continued to maintain that a violent attack took place at the Sofitel Hotel.

Thompson also challenged the idea that she wasn’t raped in Africa, saying over and over again that she had been. He said his client came forward to prosecutors voluntarily to come clean about her asylum application.

Thompson said that his client told the district attorney that there were discrepancies in her asylum application.  He said that his client was raped by soldiers in Guinea, but that the attack did not occur as it was written in the application.

Furthermore, Thompson also said the alleged victim was subject to female genital mutilation and had worries that her daughter would be a victim of it as well.

Thompson maintained that Strauss-Kahn was involved in a violent sexual attack on his client and even gave vivid details of the alleged attack when addressing reporters on Friday.

“Dominique Strauss-Kahn came running out of one of those rooms naked towards her and he grabbed her breasts first,” Thompson said.

Thompson also said the District Attorney had photos, which allegedly showed how hard he said Strauss-Kahn squeezed between her legs.

“When she went to the hospital later that day, the nurses who examined her saw the bruises on her vagina that were caused by Dominique Strauss’ hands,” Thompson said.

Thompson said he now plans on having his client speak publicly about the alleged incident, according to 1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa.

“She has never once changed a single thing about that account,” Thompson said.

“The only defense that Dominique Strauss-Kahn has is that this sexual encounter was consensual,” he said. “That is a lie.”

Strauss-Kahn, 62, had been under house arrest at a $50,000-per-month Tribeca townhouse where he’s been staying for the past month after posting a total of $6 million in cash bail and bond. As part of his release, his bail is being returned.

Sources told CBS 2 that the District Attorney’s investigators learned the alleged victim may have been laundering money for a drug ring, as well as a host of other credibility issues.

The New York Times reported that within a day of her alleged encounter with Strauss-Kahn, the Bronx woman met with a prisoner friend at Rikers Island and discussed how she could get money out of Strauss-Kahn by pursuing charges.

The conversation was apparently recorded.

The man she was talking with faced charges of possessing 400 pounds of marijuana, according to the Times report. The Times also reported the man is one of several who deposited up to $100,000 into the accuser’s bank account over the last two years.

The New York Times cites a law enforcement official as saying that the woman has repeatedly lied since making her initial allegation on May 14.

Another official told the Times the case is “a mess, a mess on both sides.”

What do you make of his release? Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  • goyum

    Dominique Strauss-Kahn ia a Troll !!!

  • lydia

    Women should be prosecuted and imprisoned for any false allegations of abuse. Their male victims should be compensated.
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  • Dale Auburn

    In the old days, it didn’t matter whether the accuser “lied” or not because the defendant’s Constitutional “rights” went out the window. The accusation of rape, in and of itself, constituted ABSOLUTE PROOF of guilt, with ZERO allowance for cross-examination or appeal.

    Now the justice system treats rape like any other crime, with the victim’s claims no longer being accepted as gospel and defendants getting the “right” to present evidence and challenge testimony. Where has this country gone?

    • Andrew Bellucci

      Where has this country gone? It has evolved, unlike you, you f*cking caveman. What a stupid statement.

  • Glenn

    It is not right what happened to the “rape” victim, but when are people going to realize that lies alway come back to bite you in the butt.

  • nathan

    I didn’t say that (I said the quote of the day). My loser impersonator did. Hi loser impersonator!

  • Teacher

    Unfortunate story and some unfortunate CBS spelling. Your televised lead in to the story indicates “There are concern’s” “Concerns” is the correct spelling, plural of the world “concern”…more than one concern. No apostrophe is needed, concern here is not meant to show apostrophe for ownership, but something tells me the man in question does own responsibility for what happened.

  • Chantal Guillard

    Well ,we have always had one set of laws for the wealthy and famous and
    another set of laws for the poor. In any case this will still be adjudicated in
    Court, If this woman has false accusations she should serve time then be
    deported. Those recorded tapes from Rikers Island jail are not on TMZ yet?
    I am shocked.

  • mj

    lets call it a draw … shes a nut case and hes a dirt bag

  • Victor Beube

    These comments are amazing. All of you have an opinion concerning innocence and/or guilt and none of you have sat in the court room and heard the actual evidence. Are you folks telling me that only perfect women with perfect backgrounds who have never lied or cheated and are rich can yell rape and sexual assault? What is the forensic evidence? Wait! Does this mean a prostitute can not be raped? You had better read the definition of rape

  • DSKWillRuleOneday

    The economy is so bad that people are desperate. They will go to any lengths to make ends meet. Is they woman an Illegal (or what)? Is she is, the hotel should be sued into bankruptcy.

    Give me a break: A 60+ plus man running after the maid. Give me a break. Even pumped up on Viagra, I’d bet he’ll have a problem. Believe what you will.

  • Lancelot Link

    DSK and the maid – 2 POS made for each other. I guess he didn’t provide a big enough tip after the maid serviced this old ugly frog. So she cried wolf. Surprising because he is a socialist after all and should be an advocate for the downtrodden. I guess that doesn’t apply when you are already paying $ 3K a night for a hotel. He must have though room service was included….

  • M.A.D

    A woman’s past has nothing to do with the charges. Clearly this man’s connections are reaching even this land and that is sick. hE SHOULD GO TO JAIL AND ALLOW SOMEBODY ELSE TO SHOW HIM WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO BE PENETRATED WITHOUT CONSENT.

  • Jack Myoff

    The woman might be a liar, and might also associate with shady people.

    I still want to know why DSK left the hotel in such a HUGE RUSH that day, what exactly was the forensic evidence, and why would this maid (unless she’s ECONOMICALLY DESPERATE) want to have sexual contact with an old, fat, ugly, beak-nosed guy like DSK? However, I guess Anthony Weiner’s wife actually thinks that he’s handsome – so I guess it takes all types to make the world revolve.

  • Mr man

    The NYPD should arrest this woman along with the dirtbag who lied about being rapped by the cops. I’m sick of watching woman lie about rape and ruining a mans life.

    • Lynn

      not all women lie about it and these two just make it harder for someone who is telling the truth to get justice

      • Robert Solo


        I agree that “not all women lie about it . . . ” You’re certainly right.

        But many do, almost every day – especially in divorce and child custody cases – and that leaves fewer investigative and social resources available to real victims. We have to cull the liars from the herd by setting examples.

        That’s why demonstrably false allegations of “abuse” or “rape” have to be answered with serious jail time. And, just like so many men are forced to register as “sex offenders,” women who lie must be forced to register as “truth offenders.”

  • Robert Solo

    Even the most politically correct among us have to admit that women lie all the time about “abuse” and “rape.” Their organizations of lobbyists in many states have passed laws that have turned routine he-said she-said disputes into “abuse” crimes in which men are those ones arrested as the more “powerful” party.

    A woman in New Hampshire was just sentenced to 7 years in prison for falsely claiming that her ex had violated a no-contact order. She sent herself “abusive” text messages, and contrived to make them look as though they came from her ex. Thank God, the local police approached the issue with an open mind.

    Women should be prosecuted and imprisoned for any false allegations of abuse. Their male victims should be compensated.

    The woman in the DSK case should be jailed, and then deported forever. Lastly, her feminist supporters should learn to shut up. Women lie, and we’ve learned nothing from the case of the Duke lacrosse players.

    • Steve

      So every single case is the same? Yes – sometimes this happens, but to say that all cases are like that will make you sound like an idiot.

  • Bell Toller

    He needs to sue

    • Charles Bowen

      What a Wacko You must Be! Its Gonna be a long search for you baby. Good luck with that worl domination stuff. Charles Bowen Solomon Stone

  • WeShouldLookForward

    Next story: The framing up of Anthony Weiner.

  • Nom de Plume

    Did he at least sing her some Bon Jovi tunes, or better yet, Maurice Chevalier tunes?

  • sk

    i don’t think people are loooking for justice! people just want to see this guy framed whther he did it or not! i see from the commentatators taht no one has questioned teh crdeibility of the maid. even w/ the story of the cops who were accused of rape? peopel refuse to accept that maybe the drunk woman made the whole story up! agian try to be fair not make judgemnts based on what you want to happen!

    • HelloNY

      the american media(and public) are like a bunch of sharks who go into a frenzy the minute there is a drop of blood in the water. this guy was crucified from day one and he may be a cheater and a pig, but if he is innocent, he didn’t deserve everything he has had to endure

  • Michell Brown

    I am not surprise the story from the inception seem more like a falacy than reality. NYPD needs to do a much better job.

  • sk

    i don’t think peopel are loooking for justice! people just want to see this guy framed whther he did it or not! i see from the commentatators taht no one has questioned teh crdeibility of the maid. people don’t care if he id it or not they want to accuse and punish him. even w/ the story of teh cops who were accused of rape? peopel refuse to accept taht maybe tat drunk woman made the whole story up! agian try to be fair not make judgemnts based on what you want to happen!

    • Pete Johnson

      You can say that again. Oh, wait.

  • Pete

    Blame the victim! His unscrupulous shyster lawyers know exactly how to play the game. I always believed that the new judge is also in it since they took away the case from the woman judge so quickly. So, will American Justice win, or are we going down the old money trail as usual and that old creep will walk in the sunset?

  • Barre Flynn

    Her past in no way means she was not raped. There was physical evidence. He tried to flee the country in a real big hurry. There is the testimony of her boss whom she told right after the incident. Money can buy anything, even freedom. That she put herself into this by pursuing the charges is important because she is going to be destroyed by a very evil and powerful man. When you are dirt poor you are also concerned about things that normal people are not concerned with. You have to play the game to get a green card. All of what is in the NY Times article does not mean that she was not raped.

    • IgnoranteElephante

      First of all, poor people are normal people contrary to your statement. Second of all, when her “past” includes a prior false rape claim and a conversation about how to make money off of an alleged rape–days after the alleged rape–I would say it is pretty compelling evidence she was not raped. Does it mean she wasn’t? Of course not, but, in this system, the accused does not have to prove or disprove anything. The government does, and they have to prove it beyond a reasonable doubt.

      That’s going to be a tough task given she is the only one on the prosecution’s side that knows what happened. The physical evidence may only prove intercourse, not necessarily forcible intercourse. When she takes the stand, it is going to be hard to be convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that she was raped, given she falsified rape claims in the past and given her eagerness, right off the bat, for a big pay day. Who’s to say this claim is not a false rape claim too? I don’t know, but I do know that I have reasonable doubts concerning it, and I suspect the jurors will as well.

  • David Ruffin

    I predicted this exact turn of events and you can look at the other articles here to confirm.. DSK was an idiot to cheat, but the whole story made no sense – the missing piece was the instability and shaky credibility of the maid. Cyrus Vance and his pompous staff….who salivated at the chance to bring down “a big one” – should resign, at the very least…..same as that moron Mike Nifong in NC who tried to ruin the lives of the Duke boys who did nothing wrong and were accused by a total psycho.

    • HelloNY

      Same here! From day one I didn’t believe her story. This guy is no angel and is by all accounts a pig, but that doesn’t make him a rapist. To be honest, I couldn’t understand how law enforcement even believed this womans claims. The whole “he forced me to give him oral sex thing” was it for me. I could not understand how a 32 year old woman could be forced to give an eldery man oral sex. I kept thinking “if that was me, I would have bit him and ran- there is your evidence.” If this is proven to be a false claim, I think the city should charge her and DSK should sue her and the city for the money he had to pay for his security team and defamation.

      BTW, I don’t know if you’re aware of this, but the Duke lacrosse accuser is now in prison awaiting her murder trial. She killed her boyfriend a few months ago (i believe she stabbed him to death).

  • Kitty

    When it is a question of he said – she said and the accuser repeatedly lies to the DA (and apparently to the INS) the DA is dead in the water. From the beginning I had serious doubts about her story. He may be a creep and a cheater, but the rape allegations made little sense to me. I understand why the judge gave him such a high bail, but I think that the police (public and press) rushed to judgment.

  • Victor

    …so …did you have an opinion?

  • nathan

    They’re clearly both not angels but with her sketchy past coming out, “beyond a reasonable doubt” is out the window. His $$$ team turned up the heat and struck gold. This is case is over but he’s still a creep.

    • Ullger

      And if she wants cash for the romp….it’s her choice.

      Want legal advice? Go to a lawyer.
      NEED free legal advise? Go to a “friend” who obviously has dealings with the law. (Creep though all now seem to be)
      However, I don’t believe that DSK left his personal items in the room because SHE was chasing HIM around.

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