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Prosecutor dropped Strauss-Kahn hotel maid rape case due to doubts over 'what transpired between them'.

London, Jan 19 ( ANI ): A prosecutor who charged International Monetary Fund (IMF) Dominique Strauss-Kahn with sexually assaulting a New York hotel maid, has said he dropped the case because he was not sure what transpired between the two.

"I determined that I was no longer convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that I knew what happened - not that something didn't happen, but whether we, as an office, knew beyond a reasonable doubt what happened," Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said.

"We did not have that quantum of confidence," he added.

Prosecutors noted then in court papers that the decision reflected doubts about the woman's overall credibility, not 'factual findings' about what had occurred in Strauss-Kahn's hotel suite in May, The Daily Express reports.

Vance's comments were one of the few times he has publicly answered questions about the case.

Sixty-two-year-old Strauss-Kahn was the head of the IMF and a likely French presidential candidate when hotel housekeeper Nafissatou Diallo told authorities he had forced her to perform oral sex and tried to rape her in his Manhattan hotel suite in May.

Strauss-Kahn was pulled off a Paris-bound plane, arrested and jailed for several days before being released to house arrest. He resigned from the IMF within days. ( ANI )

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Date:Jan 19, 2012
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