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Judges let DA drop Strauss-Kahn case

NEW YORK — A New York judge has put an end to the sensational sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, setting him free after prosecutors claimed the hotel housekeeper accusing the French diplomat of sexual assault couldn’t be trusted.

The decision to drop the charges in a case that has attracted global attention as a cauldron of sex, violence, power and politics had been widely expected. Prosecutors filed court papers Monday saying they could not trust 33-year-old Nafissatou Diallo. On Tuesday, state Supreme Court Justice Michael Obus granted Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance’s request to dismiss the indictment.

The maid, from the West African nation of Guinea, claimed that the one-time French presidential contender attacked her and sexually assaulted her when she arrived to clean his luxury suite May 14. When prosecutors brought charges, they touted their evidence as strong but later noted that DNA evidence didn’t prove a forced encounter. Strauss-Kahn has denied the maid’s allegations all along.

Diallo has sued Strauss-Kahn and came forward in a series of interviews with media after it became clear prosecutors were losing faith in her credibility.