New York: In a secretly recorded phone conversation, the New York hotel maid who had accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault, can be heard telling her boyfriend in Arizona about her plan to get money from the
former IMF chief.
"She says words to the effect of, 'Don't worry, this guy has a lot of money. I know what I'm doing," an official told 'The New York Times'.
The phone conversation was translated this Wednesday from the Fulani dialect spoken in the maid's native Guinea, the paper said.
Strauss-Kahn, 62, was accused of forcing the Guinean maid, 32, at the Sofitel hotel in Manhattan to perform oral sex.
He was taken into custody a few minutes before his Air France flight departed for Paris in May.
On Friday, Strauss-Kahn who was released from house arrest, will be allowed to travel inside the US. He will also have his USD 1 million bail and USD 5 million bond returned.
Investigators have reportedly discovered a string of lies told by the maid to a grand jury including a false story about being raped in Guinea.
The Times reported that meetings with prosecutors became tense and angry. She collapsed in tears and got down on the floor during questioning.
She became unavailable to investigators from the district attorney s office for days at a time.
While the maid has claimed that the hotel job is her only source of income, in recent weeks, investigators collected bank records showing deposits of thousands of dollars in Arizona, Georgia, New York and Pennsylvania to an account in her name.
The maid also changed her earlier version of what happened immediately after the alleged sexual assault.
She told the Grand Jury in May that she waited in the hallway for Strauss-Kahn to leave and then told her supervisor.
On Tuesday, however, she told investigators that she went and cleaned another room before informing the supervisor.
But this version also turned out to be false because the card key data obtained by investigations did not match up.
While the case against Strauss-Kahn has been weakened, the charges still stand.
"It's a fact that the victim here has made some mistakes, but that doesn t mean she s not a rape victim," Kenneth P Thompson, her own lawyer said.
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