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Even those who exercise care can be framed by allegations of an event to which there are no witnesses. On May 16 the British Daily Mail reported that prior to Strauss-Kahn’s fateful departure for New York, the French newspaper, Liberation, published comments he made while discussing his plans to challenge Sarkozy for the presidency of France. Strauss-Kahn said that as he was the clear favorite to beat Sarkozy, he would be subjected to a smear campaign by Sarkozy and his interior minister, Glaude Gueant. Strauss-Kahn predicted that a woman would be offered between 500,000 and 1,000,000 euros (more than $1,000,000) to make up a story that he raped her. www.dailymail.co.uk...
Sources say that neither Strauss-Kahn nor the 32-year-old victim had scratches or bruises. DNA samples have been sent to the lab and results could take three to seven days to come back.
Investigators say there are no video cameras on the floor where Strauss-Kahn's $3,000-a-night suite was located, but that the woman appeared disheveled and upset when she told co-workers about the encounter.
Contrary to earlier reports, sources say Strauss-Kahn did not leave his cell phone at the hotel. The banking big-wig carries two and had misplaced one when he went to the airport.
He did call the hotel to see if he left it there, which tipped cops off to the fact that he was about to board a flight. Investigators are seeking warrants for his phone records, sources said.
Lagarde is also facing a possible legal investigation into the payment of €285m of taxpayers' money to controversial businessman Bernard Tapie, a supporter of Sarkozy, to settle a long-running legal dispute.
In New York, they have hired Guidepost Solutions, a full-service investigations and security consulting firm. Sources close to the case said the team is digging into the background of the hotel maid. Strauss-Kahn's investigators are expected to examine the maid's immigration history. On Sunday Reuters reported that in a letter to prosecutors last week defense lawyers claimed to have information that could "gravely undermine" her credibility.
AT SOME TIME SHE WAS IMPORTANT ENOUGH TO GET HERE ON A SPECIAL VISA AND GOT A JOB IN THE MOST ELITE HOTEL IN AL OF NEW YORK CITY
The woman, whose name has been reported in the French news media, emigrated from Guinea with her daughter, leaving that country under what Mr. Shapiro said he understood were “difficult circumstances.” The lawyer said she sought and was granted asylum in the United States, although he said he was unsure of her immigration status.
The woman, who speaks French and some English, is a widow, though the lawyer said he was unaware of the timing or the circumstances of her husband’s death.