Wednesday 29 March 2017

Strauss-Kahn DNA samples confirm sperm on maid's dress

Henry Samuel

DNA samples taken in the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case have confirmed traces of sperm on the maid's dress, according to reports.

The New York Police sent the test results to French authorities on Sunday where they allegedly confirmed the trace. The results are expected to be made public shortly.

Mr Strauss-Kahn, 62, who is accused of trying to rape a maid last week in his suite at the Sofitel hotel in New York, was released from Rikers Island jail on Friday.

His lawyer has already indicated he plans to argue that there was consent.

The latest revelations, published on the French website Atlantico.fr, came amid reports the former IMF chief sought the company of two female hotel members of staff after he checked into the Sofitel one day before his alleged sexual assault on the maid on May 14. Both receptionists declined the offer of a drink.

Mr Strauss-Kahn has been indicted on seven charges, including forcing the maid to perform oral sex on him and attempted rape. If he is convicted, he would face up to 25 years in prison.

In a farewell email to IMF staff released yesterday, he said: "I deny in the strongest possible terms the allegations which I now face. I am confident that the truth will come out and I will be exonerated."

The new allegations emerged as his wife, heiress Anne Sinclair, was spotted leaving the New York apartment building where he is under house arrest today.

She put down $1m (€710,000) to bail her husband out and is paying an estimated $200,000-a-month to cover security costs for his court-ordered home confinement.

Meanwhile, a New York assemblyman has said he wants the state to require hotels to provide their housekeepers with an emergency "panic button" that would help protect them from sexual assaults on the job.

Rory Lancman, a Democrat from Queens, said he intended to introduce the bill on Monday.

Telegraph.co.uk

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