In a denouement that will surprise few of us, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office has filed paperwork asking that all charges be dropped in the Domonique Strauss-Kahn rape trial.  Lawyers for accuser Nafissatou Diallo claim that they were informed of this decision in a meeting that lasted less than thirty seconds and that they were not allowed to ask any questions regarding the move, which will likely clear the former IMF President of all criminal liablity for the alleged assault in a Sofitel suite this past May.

“The nature and number of the complainant’s falsehoods leave us unable to credit her version of events beyond a reasonable doubt, whatever the truth may be about the encounter between the complainant and the defendant,” states the paperwork filed by the DA. “If we do not believe her beyond a reasonable doubt, we cannot ask a jury to do so.”

The New York Times reports that Diallo’s lawyers maintain that their client has not been treated fairly.  “The Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus Vance, has denied the right of a woman to get justice in a rape case,”  said Kenneth P. Thompson in a statement to the media. “He has not only turned his back on this victim but he has also turned his back on the forensic, medical and other physical evidence in this case. If the Manhattan district attorney, who is elected to protect our mothers, our daughters, our sisters, our wives and our loved ones, is not going to stand up for them when they’re raped or sexually assaulted, who will?”

Thompson says that Diallo and he  brought in for a meeting with prosecutors during which she was told “Nafi, we’re going to dismiss the case. You have lied to us repeatedly We can’t win the case.” The three attorneys then exited the room without saying anything further to her or Thompson, who added “It was disrespectful, it was absolutely disrespectful. They didn’t have the common courtesy to answer one question that the victim posed.”

Interesting fact: in the prosecutors report, there is a note that states that the dismissal recommendation  “does not purport to make factual findings. Rather, we simply no longer have confidence beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty.”

A taped conversation between Diallo and a friend who is incarcerated in Arizona marked the rapid decline of the prosecutions faith in the accuser, as they claimed that she was heard discussing ways to capitalize off of Strauss-Kahn’s fortune. Thompson maintains that there were errors made in the translation of the conversation from Fulani to English and that his client spoke of no such plan.

Diallo also revealed to prosecutors that she’d lied about being gang raped in her native Guinea in order to secure asylum in the United States, which also harmed their perception of her credibility. Strauss-Kahn is currently facing charges for an alleged attempted rape, this time in his native France back in 2003

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  • oknow

    they are so concerned about her background that because it may be sketchy they believe a crime may not have happened.. very sad.. if he raped her then he’ll pay one way or the other.. victims shouldn’t have to be denied justice because they may have not been the best person in the world but then again who is.. he’s a cheating whore – isn’t he married?! where’s his credibility?

    • edub

      The reality is that sketchy people are denied justice because without a smoking gun, it is infinitely harder to separate fact from fiction.

      I also don’t believe that DSK is getting off without repercussion. In a court of law, he has been given the benefit of the doubt. However, if you read any French publications, whatever credibility he had has been annihilated. His aspirations of being France’s future president are gone. Accusers are coming out of the woodwork and it seems like he will face trial in France. No one is on his side. On the other hand, while in our justice system she has NOT been given the benefit of the doubt, she has some recourse through our civil courts.

  • Clnmike

    An act of cowardice by the DA, just going to let this guy walk, not even a simple assault charge. If they wanted this guy they would have went after him. Politics.

  • edub


    In a motion to dismiss rape charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Manhattan prosecutors today reported that an analysis of carpet stains in the Frenchman’s $3000-per-night Sofitel hotel room “contained the semen and DNA” of three unknown men, while a stain on the room’s wallpaper contained the semen and DNA of a fourth unknown man.

    From: http://www.thesmokinggun.com/buster/dsk-seman-soaked-hotel-453627

    • Clnmike

      Its a hotel, of course there going to find semen of strange men, that doesn’t prove she was hooking up with them, it only prove that even in the 3000 a night. Sofitel hotel the grimey bums do a lousy job of cleaning up the place. Hell I’m surprised that’s all they found.

  • I agree that Diallo had some major credibility problems. But it really doesn’t set right with me that those problems—including a prior false rape accusation—mean that she can’t lodge a rape accusation again, unless there is gruesome physical evidence of brutality.
    This is a problem not just for Ms. Diallo, but for any woman with credibility issues. It has a huge affect on low-income women of color in the state, particularly those who are incarcerated.