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DNA links ex-IMF leader to maid

2011-05-24 09:20

New York - Test results returned on Monday found that DNA from former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn matched material on the work clothes of a Manhattan hotel maid who says he attacked her, two people familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press.

The two people would not describe the material found on the shirt, but said DNA matched a sample from Strauss-Kahn, who submitted to testing after his arrest more than a week ago. He denies the charges.

The two people said additional testing was being performed on other items. They were not authorised to speak publicly about the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity.

During their investigation, authorities cut out a piece of carpet and swabbed sinks and other surfaces in his hotel room. Investigators told the AP they believed the carpet in the hotel room may contain Strauss-Kahn's semen, spat out after an episode of forced oral sex by the maid.

The forensic evidence is the first to link Strauss-Kahn to the woman.

Consensual

Strauss-Kahn's attorney Benjamin Brafman declined to comment on Monday. At a court hearing last week, he told a judge that forensic evidence developed in the investigation "will not be consistent with a forcible encounter" - leading to speculation that Strauss-Kahn's defence would argue that it was consensual.

NYPD spokesperson Paul J Browne and the Manhattan District Attorney's office would not comment.

The one-time French presidential contender has been charged with a criminal sex act, attempted rape and sexual abuse and is free on $1m bail, under house arrest at a lower Manhattan apartment.

He has been accused of attacking the 32-year-old West African immigrant on May 14 in his luxury suite at the Sofitel hotel near Manhattan's Times Square. His lawyers say he is innocent.

Staff at the Sofitel told authorities that the 62-year-old had made passes at them the day before the alleged attack, including flirting with a clerk and calling another employee to ask her up to his room, according to a third person with direct knowledge of investigators' interviews with staff.

Strauss-Kahn had flirted with one female staff member who accompanied him to his suite to make sure his accommodations were satisfactory after he checked in on May 13, the person said.

Later, he phoned the desk clerk who had checked him in, asking her if she would like to get together with him when she got off duty, the person said. The desk clerk refused, saying she was not allowed to socialise with the VIP guest, the person said.

Temporary location

That person also wasn't authorised to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

On Monday, lawyers for Strauss-Kahn continued to search for new accommodations for their client as he awaits trial. His bail agreement hit a snag late last week after tenants at the Upper East Side apartment building chosen for his house arrest refused to allow him, citing unwanted media attention.

Strauss-Kahn is currently housed at a temporary location under watch by armed guards with Stroz Friedberg, the same company that guarded disgraced financier Bernard Madoff.

It was not clear when he would be moved. French and US media have been staking out the building where Strauss-Kahn spent the weekend after he was released from his Rikers Island jail cell.

He resigned last Wednesday from the IMF.

His attorneys have described Strauss-Kahn as a loving father and family man. They say his actions after the alleged attack are not those of a guilty man eager for a quick escape.

He left the hotel, had lunch and then phoned later to ask if he'd left anything behind. When he was told by hotel staff they had his cellphone, he told them exactly where he was: At John F Kennedy International Airport on a flight bound for Paris. Authorities pulled him from the jetliner.

Comments
  • Martin - 2011-05-24 09:33

    What's news?

      Rodney Emmerich - 2011-05-24 10:51

      Hier steek 'n lelike kop sy DING uit

  • zulufox - 2011-05-24 09:35

    he is screwed now...

      BlackSwan - 2011-05-24 10:32

      randy randy dominique lol

  • Sello - 2011-05-24 09:42

    Why change the rules in the middlle of the game. Presumption of innocence until proven guilty by a court of law should also apply to DSK. Peolple are treating him like a guitly man, inluding the courts. This is wrong and should not be encouraged.

      nosiphom - 2011-05-24 10:04

      Typical sounth african response. If he were south african, he would not even have bothered to resign - look at Mrs Cwele - even after being found guilty we will have to wait for a tyear long apeal whilst she still draws a salary. Give us a break about this Innocent until proven guilty rubbish. Look at his strick bail condition - dispite his statue in society he is treated like an arraigned man - unlike here where we treat people charged of serious offences with a kid glove - after all they are innocent until proven guilty, and theri victims - the complainants are treated like the guilty ones. Let me address this "innocent until proven gulty" rubbish again. In legal terms you can only be found guilty if it is proven "beyond reasonable doubt" that you indeed have done the crime. Being judged innocent does not declare you innocent, but your lawyers could plant a seed of doubt, and that 1% possibility that you might not have done the crime is enough for the judge to let you go, even if you did it. Give us a break. Typical ANC rubbish statements !!

      DeonL - 2011-05-24 10:13

      By resigning from his job he is at least guilty of sex with another woman, not his wife. In his business it is a definate no no, I hope his wife leave him now.

      Umfubi - 2011-05-24 10:18

      He IS innocent until proved guilty - this applies to his legal standing. The world, including the media, is free to speculate, given the information available. This guy's history together with the circumstances that are known indicate that there may well be a problem, and there is nothing to stop anyone saying so. Obviously if an unwise person were to make a categoric or a factually defamatory statement which turns out not to be true, DSK will have an opportunity to claim damages after his trial. This business of 'innocent until proved guilty' is often understood to mean that one is not permitted to speculate; this is legally incorrect.

      Sello - 2011-05-24 11:38

      It is quite sad that this can simply be dismissed as a typical south african response. it is also unwarranted that one it associated with the ANC for expressing views that are supported by our constitution, which we always praise to be one of the best in the world. I'm not sure if i should rather call it temporary amnetia on the part of those who are conveniently choosing not to remember how Silvio Berlusconi was treated when almost the same allegation sufaced againt him. The Italian prime minister was not put under house arrest with 24 hour armed guards around the house. This is and will never be ANC rubbish. When the DA MEC Lennit Max was accused of sexual assault/attempted rape, he was not treated the same way DSK had been treated. This surely was not an ANC rubbish. All we ask for is consistancy. This hypocricy is not assisting the situation. I would not like to dwell on the merit/demerit of the case because the courts are best placed to deal with those aspects.

  • neo_acheron - 2011-05-24 09:42

    Yawn...

  • MaanDonkie - 2011-05-24 09:47

    Stoute kabouter jy wil mos die ousie bykom...nou gaan jy hoes!!

      Stan - 2011-05-24 11:36

      Good question. She should have bitten the bloody organ off as proof.

  • ck - 2011-05-24 09:47

    How does one force oral sex?

      Kgwadi - 2011-05-24 09:55

      Exactly!!how? DSK is framed to derail his French presidency ambition.I wonder where is Zuma lady,come back to tell all,no more danger.

      Umfubi - 2011-05-24 10:19

      Don't be ridiculous. It is a well-known kind of violation - go and do some googling if you really cannot comprehend this.

      Janine - 2011-05-24 10:29

      It can definitely be done - can't explain to you here because it would be too graphic and someone would probably get the comment deleted.

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-05-24 11:44

      there is a way to hold ones jaw so that it is impossible to close it again, certain leverage points at the joint sites.

      Sello - 2011-05-24 11:55

      I still cannot fathom how one can manage forced oral sex. Maye it is just me. The detail will come out during the trial.

  • michael.e.bowery - 2011-05-24 10:25

    As an old detective who worked homicide and major crime I have a problem with the description of forced oral sex. Why on earth didn't she, if forced into the act, simply bite it off. No man would be capable of doing anything after that, except scream and get her to dial 911. Doubting Thomas which is a good pun as it turns out. Michael Bowery

      O'forth - 2011-05-24 11:48

      No wonder our country is in such a state of criminality if you really were a detective investigating homicide and major crime. Ever heard of something called fear, embarisment, surprize, confusion? Some of us don't walk around half drunk on brand and coke with bombastic buddies and a gun you know. Some people are vonrable and do not fight back. It was those you were supposed to protect but obviously did not.

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