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Status hearing in Strauss-Kahn case is postponed

From Susan Candiotti, CNN
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The hearing, previously set for August 1, is scheduled for August 23
  • It had originally been planned for mid-July
  • Prosecutors are continuing their investigation

New York (CNN) -- Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is scheduled to appear next in court on August 23, after the latest postponement of a status hearing, his attorneys and prosecutors said Tuesday.

The hearing in the Strauss-Kahn sexual assault case was pushed back from August 1.

"We have consented to a postponement of the status hearing," his attorneys, William Taylor and Benjamin Brafman, said in a written statement. "We understand the district attorney is continuing to investigate. We are confident that when the investigation is completed, (Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus) Vance will move to dismiss all charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn."

Prosecutors similarly said that the investigation continues and that the next court date in the case will be on August 23.

The former IMF chief is accused of assaulting and trying to rape a maid at Manhattan's Sofitel Hotel, where she was an employee. He was charged in New York with sexual abuse and attempted rape, pleading not guilty on all counts.

The August hearing had been pushed back from mid-July, as prosecutors tried to determine whether to drop the charges or move forward in the case, according to Erin Duggan, communications director for Vance. Strauss-Kahn's attorneys did not object to either delay.

The woman who has accused Strauss-Kahn of sexually assaulting her recently ended her months-long silence and went public.

Nafissatou Diallo, whose credibility has been questioned by Strauss-Kahn's lawyers and prosecutors, spoke to Newsweek magazine for an article posted on its website Sunday. She also conducted an interview with Robin Roberts of ABC News, which aired Monday on "Good Morning America."

Diallo told Newsweek that Strauss-Kahn was naked when he slammed the door shut to his luxury hotel room, forced himself upon her and tried to make her perform oral sex on him.

"Because of him they call me a prostitute," Diallo said, referring to published reports she had sex for money. "I want him to go to jail. I want him to know there are some places you cannot use your power, you cannot use your money."

A judge freed Strauss-Kahn from house arrest in July after prosecutors presented evidence showing that Diallo admitted she had lied about the specifics of her whereabouts after the incident and, from her past, about the details of an asylum application and information she put on tax forms.

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