WASHINGTON May 23 Evidence from the clothing
of a hotel maid matched DNA samples submitted by former IMF
Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn who has been charged
with sexually assaulting her, U.S. media reported on Monday.
The test results were consistent with what law enforcement
officials have said about the account provided by the woman,
The New York Times reported, citing a person briefed in the
The Wall Street Journal also reported that tests matched
Strauss-Khan's DNA sample and semen found on the woman's shirt,
citing law enforcement officials,.
Other test results, including ones on samples taken from
the carpet in the hotel suite, were pending, The New York Times
Both newspapers said Strauss-Kahn's lead attorney, Benjamin
Brafman, had declined to comment.
Early on Monday, a source close to the investigation denied
that DNA results had been received by the New York Police
Department. Later, however, police officials did not respond to
repeated requests for comment.
Strauss-Kahn is facing charges of sexual assault and
attempting to rape the maid at the Sofitel hotel in New York
on May 14. He is being held in an apartment in Manhattan under
armed guard after being freed on bail on Friday.
In a letter to IMF staff circulated on Monday, Strauss-Kahn
strongly denied charges against him and called the events
around his arrest "a personal nightmare."
In the letter distributed to the fund's staff in an email
by IMF acting Managing Director John Lipsky, Strauss-Kahn
apologized for the pain his case had caused the global lender
and said he was confident he would eventually be exonerated.
The letter reflects on his arrival at the fund in 2007 and
explains his reasoning behind his resignation on Wednesday.
"I deny in the strongest possible terms the allegations
which I now face; I am confident that the truth will come out
and I will be exonerated," he said. A copy of the letter was
obtained by Reuters.
(Reporting by JoAnne Allen and Lesley Wroughton, editing by
Sandra Maler and Christopher Wilson)