NEW YORK (Reuters) - Manhattan prosecutors said on Wednesday that a request they quit the sexual assault case against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and appoint a special prosecutor was "wholly without merit."
Lawyers representing the hotel maid who accused Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape and sexual assault sent a letter to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance earlier on Wednesday, saying Vance should recuse himself in part because his top aide leaked damaging information about the woman.
"We strongly disagree with how the office and the work of the assistant district attorneys have been characterized. Any suggestion that this office should be recused is wholly without merit," Erin Duggan, chief spokeswoman for the Manhattan District Attorney's office, said in a statement.
(Reporting by Noeleen Walder; Editing by Daniel Trotta and Philip Barbara)