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Strauss-Kahn rape case dropped: A 'bad message' to vulnerable women?

The abrupt end to the Dominique Strauss-Kahn sexual assault case caused consternation among groups that say it sets too high a bar for some women to come forward.

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L'affaire DSK est terminé.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Tuesday asked the New York State Supreme Court to dismiss all sexual assault charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former head of the International Monetary Fund and the man once thought to be the next president of France. The judge in the case agreed.

In a 25-page document Mr. Vance detailed his doubts about the case in which a housekeeper at the Sofitel Hotel alleged she had been sexually attacked by Mr. Strauss-Kahn. The main reason for the dismissal was a stream of lies from the woman, Nafissatou Diallo, a Guinean immigrant. The lies caused Vance to doubt the woman’s credibility on the witness stand.

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