For Strauss-Kahn Accuser, Suing Could Be An Avenue
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’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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