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'Kahn entered hotel room with another woman'

world Updated: Jul 11, 2011 00:25 IST
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Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who was accused of sexual assault by a chambermaid, had entered his room at the Sofitel hotel with another woman before the alleged attack took place, a media report said.

The other woman, who is married and is from the banking world, has been recorded on surveillance video just before 1.30am on May 14. The two got on an elevator and it took it up to his floor, The New York Post said. The maid claims to have been attacked around noon the same day. But the case against Strauss-Kahn has been considerably weakened after it emerged that the maid, who is from Guinea, has been lying to prosecutors.

Strauss-Kahn, 62, was accused of forcing the maid, 32, to perform oral sex. He was taken into custody a few minutes before his Air France flight departed for Paris.

His lawyers have asked for dismissal of the charges against him. They say that the sexual encounter between their client and the maid was consensual. Kahn has been released from house arrest but has to stay in the United States as investigation continues.