NEW YORK, July 26 The court date in the
attempted rape case of former IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn
has been postponed to Aug. 23, his lawyers said on Tuesday,
adding they hope charges will be dismissed by that date.
It is the second such delay in the highly charged case.
"We have consented to a postponement of the status hearing
before Judge Obus from August 1 to August 23," Strauss-Kahn's
lawyers, Benjamin Brafman and William Taylor, said in a
"We understand the District Attorney is continuing to
investigate. We hope that by August 23, he will have reached
the decision to dismiss," they wrote.
Strauss-Kahn was arrested on May 14 after Nafissatou
Diallo, a 32-year-old Guinean maid at the upscale Sofitel
hotel, accused him of sexual assault. In recent weeks,
speculation that prosecutors might dismiss the case has grown
as concerns about Diallo's credibility have emerged.
Diallo broke her silence on the events of that day, giving
interviews to Newsweek and ABC which have generated massive
publicity in recent days.
Strauss-Kahn has denied the allegations. Prosecutors did
not immediately return calls for comment.
(Reporting by Noeleen Walder; Additional Reporting by Basil
Katz and Joseph Ax, Editing by Sandra Maler)