July 1, 2011 / 4:56 PM / 6 years ago

Prosecutors detail flaws in Strauss-Kahn accuser's account

<p>Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. speaks to the media after a hearing in his case against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn at the New York State Supreme Courthouse in New York July 1, 2011.Lucas Jackson</p>

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The woman who accused former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault admitted she lied to a grand jury about what happened after the purported attack, prosecutors told Strauss-Kahn's lawyers in a letter.

The inconsistencies in her story led investigators to lose faith in her credibility as a witness, a dramatic turnabout in the case against a man who once had been seen as a top contender for the French presidency.

The accuser initially told prosecutors and the grand jury she fled to the hallway after the incident and waited for Strauss-Kahn to leave, and informed a supervisor of what happened shortly after, prosecutors said.

"The complainant (accuser) has since admitted that this account was false and that after the incident in Suite 2806, she proceeded to clean a nearby room and then returned to Suite 2806 and began to clean that suite before she reported the incident to her supervisor," the letter said.

Reporting by Daniel Trotta; Editing by Doina Chiacu

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