Frame the Victim

Prosecutors oversold the case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Now they’re overselling the case against his accuser.

William Saletan

Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Nafissatou DialloDominique Strauss-Kahn and Nafissatou Diallo

The Manhattan district attorney’s office has filed a motion to dismiss the sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn. The motion accuses the alleged victim, Nafissatou Diallo, of a "pattern of untruthfulness" marked by "shifting and inconsistent versions" of their encounter in a New York hotel. But the same can be said of the DA’s office. Having exaggerated the case against Strauss-Kahn, prosecutors are now exaggerating the case against Diallo. Here are four elements of their story that don’t add up.

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