Prosecutors troubled by Strauss-Kahn lawyers' claims

Reuters News
Posted: May 26, 2011 3:04 PM
Prosecutors troubled by Strauss-Kahn lawyers' claims

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York prosecutors said on Thursday they were "troubled" by a claim by lawyers for former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn that they have information that could "gravely undermine the credibility" of the hotel maid who has accused him of trying to rape her.

Manhattan prosecutors were responding to a letter from Strauss-Kahn's lawyers, William Taylor and Ben Brafman, who had complained to them about New York police leaking information and expressed concern about his right to a fair trial.

"We were troubled that you chose to inject into the public record your claim that you possess information that might negatively impact the case and 'gravely' undermine the credibility of the victim," prosecutors said in a letter.

"We are aware of no such information," they said.

Strauss-Kahn, who is under house arrest in New York, has denied charges of a criminal sexual act, attempted rape, sexual abuse, unlawful imprisonment and forcible touching.

(Reporting by Basil Katz and Michelle Nichols, Editing by Sandra Maler)