Dominick Strauss-Kahn sexual assault case dismissed

As expected, New York State Supreme Court Justice Michael Obus dismissed sexual assault charges today against Dominick Strauss-Kahn.  This was done pursuant to a request for dismissal filed yesterday by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.

Prosecutors wrote in their motion requesting dismissal that Diallo, “has not been truthful on matters great and small” and has an ability to present “fiction as fact with complete conviction.”  They continued by writing, “Our grave concerns about [her] reliability make it impossible to resolve the question of what exactly happened.”  They further explained their decision to dismiss the case by saying, “In a case where a complainant is accusing a defendant of a sexual assault, the fact that she has given a prior false account of a different sexual assault is highly relevant.”  In closing they stated, “If we do not believe her beyond a reasonable doubt, we cannot ask a jury to do so.”

Nafissatou Diallo’s credibility was destroyed by her repeated inconsistencies, contradictions and lies.  Below are a few of her notable missteps:

  • Admitted to lying to the Grand Jury;
  • Gave 3 different accounts of what happened immediately after her encounter with Strauss-Kahn;
  • In a recorded phone conversation, with a jailed man in Arizona, she said, “Don’t worry, this guy has a lot of money.  I know what I’m doing.”
  • Lied about being gang- raped by soldiers in her native Guinea in order to obtain asylum in the US;
  • Said that she had no interest in making any money from the case but then filed a civil suit against Strauss-Kahn seeking money;
  • Failed to disclose $60,000 in mysterious cash deposits to her checking account by individuals who were located in four different states;
  • Lied about her job to obtain low-income housing;

Prior to the hearing regarding the dismissal of the charges, Diallo’s attorney, Kenneth Thompson, filed a motion requesting the the Manhattan District Attorney’s office be removed from the case because of their bias.  He requested that the case be put on hold until a specially appointed prosecutor could be appointed.  An hour before dismissing the case against Strauss-Kahn, Judge Obus ruled on the motion.  In his ruling he stated that, “The court concludes that nothing called to its attention establishes disqualification or warrants removal of the elected district attorney of this county.”