Kahn group rape inquiry to be dropped
September 23 , 2012
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.