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For Strauss-Kahn Accuser, Suing Could Be An Avenue

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Former IMF Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn (credit: Photo by Daniel Barry/Getty Images)

Former IMF Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn (credit: Photo by Daniel Barry/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – The criminal case of alleged sexual assault against Dominique Strauss-Kahn may be falling apart, but that doesn’t mean his accuser won’t have her day in court.

Strauss-Kahn is accused of trying to rape a hotel maid but prosecutors’ case against the former International Monetary Fund chief has weakened because of questions about the accuser’s credibility.

Strauss-Kahn’s legal team met with prosecutors on Wednesday to try to convince prosecutors to drop the sexual assault charges against him.

Sources say the District Attorney is holding out for a deal that would include Strauss-Kahn pleading to a misdemeanor. His attorneys, Benjamin Brafman and William Taylor III, are believed to be holding out for a complete dismissal of all charges.

But Strauss-Kahn’s accuser could still pursue a her claim in a civil lawsuit, regardless what happens in the criminal case. It’s a route some others have taken successfully after high-profile criminal cases.

The housekeeper’s credibility would be a significant issue in any court case. But experts say different legal standards for civil and criminal cases could give her claims a greater chance of prevailing in civil court.

Strauss-Kahn has denied the attempted rape and other charges. Meanwhile, prosecutors are still weighing whether to pursue the case.

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