In a brief press conference outside the Manhattan courthouse this afternoon, District Attorney Cyrus Vance said his office would continue to pursue the charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, in the face of newly-reported doubts about the credibility of the accuser.
“Today’s proceedings did not dismiss the indictment or any of the charges against the defendant,” he said today, after a judge released Strauss-Kahn on his own recognizance this morning.
Vance stressed that Strauss-Kahn had been indicted by an “independent grand jury,” and that his office had continued to “vigorously” investigate the case after the indictment. He said the office fulfilled its legal and ethical obligations by disclosing certain facts about the accuser to Strauss-Kahn’s defense team.
Last night, The New York Times reported that the accuser had connections to known drug dealers, and that she had called one incarcerated individual the day after the incident to ask how she might profit from it.
Vance defended his office against suggestions that it had done the accuser a disservice by leaking details about her credibility to the Times, and said the office would continue to stand by her as the case proceeds.
“The vindication of the rights of sex crimes victims is among the highest priorities of this office,” he said. “With regard to the treatment of this victim, we believe we have done nothing but to support her and everything in our power to maintain her privacy and to keep her safe. And we will continue to do so.”
The revelations come amid turmoil in the office’s Sex Crimes Unit, with the unit’s chief dismissed this week after failing to convict two police officers in another high profile case, and allegations that the prosecutor failed to turn over conversations about the case recorded by a documentary film crew.