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DNA matches Strauss-Kahn in sex attack: report

2011-05-24 01:14:18 GMT2011-05-24 09:14:18(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

FILE - France's Socialist Party presidential hopeful Dominique Strauss-Kahn, right, with his wife Anne Sinclair are seen in this Thursday, Nov. 16, 2006 file photo after voting in Sarcelles, outside Paris. Anne Sinclair is sacrificing millions of her family's fortune on her husband's bail and house arrest. AP photo

NEW YORK – New tests have found that the DNA of former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn matches material found on the shirt of a Manhattan hotel maid who says he attacked her, two people familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press.

The two people said that the tests were returned Monday afternoon. They were not authorized to speak publicly about the matter and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.

They said DNA found on the maid's shirt matched to a sample of DNA from Strauss-Kahn, once a French presidential contender.

Staff at the Sofitel Hotel also told authorities that he had made passes at them, including flirting with a clerk and calling another employee to ask her up to his room, according to a third person with direct knowledge of investigators' interviews with staff.

That person also wasn't authorized to speak publicly and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.

Strauss-Kahn attorney Benjamin Brafman declined to comment on Monday.

At a court hearing last week, he told a judge that forensic evidence developed in the investigation "will not be consistent with a forcible encounter" — leading to speculation that Strauss-Kahn's defense would argue that it was consensual.

Strauss-Kahn had flirted with one female staff member who accompanied him to his luxury suite to make sure his accommodations were satisfactory after he checked in on Friday, May 13, the person said. Later, he phoned the desk clerk who had checked him in, asking her if she would like to get together with him when she got off duty, the person said. The desk clerk refused, saying she was not allowed to socialize with the VIP guest, the person said.

On Monday, lawyers for Strauss-Kahn continued to search for new digs for the former IMF leader, who spent the weekend under house arrest. He is temporarily staying with his wife at a luxury high-rise in lower Manhattan.

French and U.S. media have been staking out the building where Strauss-Kahn was moved Friday from his Rikers Island jail cell.

The 62-year-old is accused of attacking a 32-year-old housekeeper on May 14 in his $3,000-a-night hotel suite. Strauss-Kahn faces charges including attempted rape and sexual abuse.

He resigned last Wednesday from the IMF.

(Agencies)

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