As potentially damning information about his accuser has surfaced, Dominique Stauss-Kahn was released from house arrest today. The prosecution has stated that “The case has been affected” by a connection made between his alleged victim and drug dealers, but that charges are still pending.
Because a woman who has connections to dealers can’t get raped? Huh.
As Jezebel’s Anna North laments the tie between the accusers life and Strauss-Kahn’s alleged assault:
“Some have speculated that the charges against DSK could eventually be reduced to a misdemeanor, which sends a confusing message — did Strauss-Kahn sort of assault someone? Is assaulting a perfect victim a felony, while assaulting a woman who may have been connected to criminals, and who also sometimes drank alcohol, is something less? If Strauss-Kahn is actually innocent, what would the misdemeanor charges be for? Above all, the key question about the new developments in the Strauss-Kahn case is this: do prosecutors think the accuser was actually lying about her assault, or do they simply believe that the details about her past irrevocably discredit her in the eyes of a potential jury?
The Manhattan DA’s office released a letter today detailing issues from the accuser’s past that may have an impact on the trial; among them, she initially told lawyers that she had been a victim of a gang rape in her home of Guinea, but later stated that she was raped under different circumstances. She claimed another person’s child to get a bigger tax refund. While the former will certainly raise eyebrows, neither of these things mean that this woman was not raped by Strauss-Kahn. We can only hope that he is charged accordingly to the crime that he has been accused of (not based on the accuser’s “character”) and that a fair trial is held.