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Kahn group rape inquiry to be dropped

  • French prosecutors are set to drop an investigation into accusations of group rape by former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and three friends after a witness retracted her allegations, according to an unsourced report by newspaper Le Figaro.

    The inquiry was opened in May as part of an investigation into Strauss-Kahn's ties to an alleged prostitution ring in the northern city of Lille.

    It focused on claims made by a prostitute, denied by Strauss-Kahn, that the former IMF chief and his friends forced her to have sex in a group in Washington in December 2010.

    According to a report posted on the French daily’s website on Saturday, the woman has since retracted her deposition in a letter sent to judicial police, adding that the sex was consensual and that the group was playing "sexual games".

    Court officials could not be reached for comment.

    Strauss-Kahn stepped down from his post after he was arrested in New York in May 2011 for attempting to rape a hotel maid.

    The allegations forced him to abandon plans to run as the Socialist French presidential candidate.

    The charges were later dropped due to doubts over his accuser's credibility.