NATION

Dominique Strauss-Kahn released from house arrest without bail

Comment
Decrease Increase Text size

While it wasn't detailed in the letter, prosecutors have also raised other questions about the woman's credibility.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn listens to court proceedings on Friday. (Photo: Associated Press)

Prosecutors located a recording of the woman, days after Strauss-Kahn's arrest, the woman, talking about the case and mentioning Strauss-Kahn's wealth in a phone call to a man incarcerated on a drug charge, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss matters not made public in court.

The woman also raised questions by saying she knew little about tens of thousands of dollars others have deposited in bank accounts in her name, the official said. Authorities suspect the money might be drug-related, the official said.

Thompson acknowledged the recording, but said any suggestion she was involved with a known dealer or money launderer was a lie.

"I have not heard that tape," Thompson said. But he said that when he discussed the recording with prosecutors, "I said, 'Did she change her story to this guy in prison?' ... They told me no."

He said that since the start of the case, the woman has been consistent in the most important part of her story, saying that as she began cleaning Strauss-Kahn's suite he grabbed her breast, violently knocked her down and forced her to perform oral sex. He said she suffered bruises and torn ligaments.

Strauss-Kahn, who resigned his post at the powerful monetary organization, has denied the charges. He is due back in court July 18. His attorney, Benjamin Brafman, said he believes his client will be vindicated.

The one-time French presidential contender is now free to travel the U.S. while he awaits trial. He had been under a pricey house arrest in a ritzy Tribeca loft after posting a $6 million cash bail and bond. He smiled as he left the court Friday, hand-in-hand with his wife. His attorneys said they are pleased with the decision, and cautioned again not to rush to judgment. His passport remains surrendered and he can't leave the country.

  1. «
  2. 1
  3. 2
  4. 3
  5. »

Would you like to contribute to this story? Join the discussion.

Recommended For You
comments powered by Disqus