NEW: French prosecutors are reviewing the complaint in a separate case against Strauss-Kahn
Source: The accuser's attorney refused to let his client talk with prosecutors for weeks
Wednesday's meeting comes after several credibility issues surfaced regarding the accuser
The alleged victim's attorney says the district attorney won't meet with him or hand over a tape
New York (CNN) – Attorneys for Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the French financier who has pleaded not guilty to sexual abuse and attempted rape charges, are scheduled to meet with prosecutors Wednesday, a source with knowledge of the case told CNN.
The meeting comes days after prosecutors disclosed to Strauss-Kahn’s defense team that investigators had uncovered several credibility issues concerning the woman who accused him of attacking her as she tried to clean his Manhattan hotel suite in May.
The charges prompted Strauss-Kahn to resign from his post as managing director of the International Monetary Fund.
Questions about the case surfaced last week when Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance indicated the woman, 32, had been less than truthful with authorities about some aspects of her life and her whereabouts immediately after the alleged attack.
Legal analysts suggest that prosecutors are looking for ways to salvage the case, which has been undermined by recent revelations over the accuser’s credibility.
“Prosecutors correctly regard dismissal as complete humiliation and capitulation,” said CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin. “If they can get a guilty plea, even to a misdemeanor, that would be a slightly face-saving route out of this case.
“But it seems clear that the defense now very much has the upper hand,” he added.
While it appears Friday’s announcement has left the case on shaky ground, Vance said prosecutors are not ready to drop charges.
“Prosecutors said on Friday their investigation is continuing, and that remains the case,” Vance spokeswoman Erin Duggan told CNN. “No decisions have been made.”
The accuser’s attorney, Ken Thompson, told CNN Tuesday that the district attorney has refused to meet with him.
“I’ve been trying to see him today,” the lawyer said in a statement. “I’m a former federal prosecutor, and he will not meet with me. That’s outrageous.”
A source with knowledge of the investigation defended the district attorney’s office, saying its staff has had several meetings with Thompson.
The source also told CNN that Thompson refused to allow his client to talk with prosecutors for more than two weeks at a “critical point in the investigation” – a time that involved efforts to go over discrepancies with the maid.
Thompson also criticized the district attorney for not letting him or his client hear a recorded conversation between the woman and her boyfriend that took place two days after the alleged attack occurred.
In that call, placed by the boyfriend from an Arizona jail where he’s incarcerated, the woman said that “she’s fine and this person is rich and there’s money to be made,” a source with knowledge of the investigation has told CNN.
Prosecutors received a transcript of the call last week, two days before announcing in court the maid had credibility issues.
Thompson acknowledged that his client discussed the alleged sexual encounter with Strauss-Kahn in the conversation, and added that he has been told by prosecutors that her account was consistent with what she told investigators. The Guinean dialect spoken by the man, according to Thompson, deserves a separate translation.
“What I want is a copy of the tape,” he said. “Not next week, right now.”
The district attorney’s office declined to comment on Thompson’s request.
Thompson has passionately defended his client, saying that just because she’s made mistakes in the past does not mean she wasn’t the victim of sexual assault.
“Despite everything,” the lawyer told CNN Tuesday, “she wants to get on the witness stand. That’s all she asks for.”
The developments in New York come as Strauss-Kahn faces separate accusations of attempted rape in France, which were filed in a complaint by French writer Tristane Banon.
A Strauss-Kahn lawyer in France said he has filed a counter-claim against Banon for “false declarations.”
French prosecutors have received Banon’s complaint, a spokeswoman for the office said, and it is currently “under consideration” to determine whether there is enough evidence to press charges.
Banon’s mother, Socialist politician Anne Mansouret, said shortly after the housekeeper’s accusations were splashed across front pages around the world that her daughter had been attacked by Strauss-Kahn in 2003 but that she had discouraged her at the time from filing charges against him.
The statute of limitations in France for attempted rape is 10 years.
Mansouret, a member of parliament, said she cautioned Banon not to file a police report at the time for fear it would hurt her journalism career.