May 24, 2011 by staff 

DSK DNA MatchDSK DNA Match, New tests have shown that the DNA of the former International Monetary Fund chief, Dominique Strauss-Kahnmatches material found on the shirt of a hotel maid who says he attacked her.  Two sources familiar with the investigation, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press that the tests were returned yesterday afternoon, and that the DNA found in the T-match used a DNA sample from Strauss-Kahn.

Strauss-Kahn, a lawyer Benjamin Brafman declined to comment on the reports. At a court hearing last week, Mr. Brafman told a judge that the evidence that the incident would not be consistent with a meeting by force.

Strauss-Kahn faces charges of attempted rape and sexual abuse in the May 14 incident at the Sofitel New York Hotel, which has led him to resign as IMF managing director
A DNA sample taken from former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn reportedly matches the semen found in the work clothes of the hotel maid accused him of sexual assault.

The forensic evidence was first reported Monday by the French site, and later confirmed by a series of U.S. media outlets, including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

(The Times quoted “a person familiar with the matter”, since the source and talked with Journal unnamed “law enforcement officers.”)

The Times:

The results … represents the first forensic evidence confirms that Mr. Strauss-Kahn, 62, had effectively engaged in a sexual act with the housekeeper, a 32-year-old from Guinea who was granted asylum in the United States and the rise is its 15-year-old daughter.
The DNA match supports the account provided by police women, but also appears to be consistent with the legal team of Strauss-Kahn has suggested that it is his defense: that a sexual encounter, in fact, occur when women came to clean his room but that was consensual.

Strauss-Kahn attorneys have refused to comment on the reports.

Other test results, including samples taken from the carpet in the hotel room, are still pending.

UPDATED at 9:15 am: Police in New York on Tuesday denied reports they have found traces of DNA, Dominique Strauss-Kahn on the clothes of his accuser, stressing that investigators have given “no result and no no information “about the results, reported AFP.

A number of major media had reported the existence of the DNA match, citing unidentified sources familiar with the evidence. The Wall Street Journal, however, cited unnamed “law enforcement officials.”

UPDATED at 9:45 am: In a later draft of the article by AFP, the cable news makes clear that the NYPD does not necessarily deny the reports, only denying that the department was the source of the news.

Lede new AFP (emphasis added): “Police in New York on Tuesday denied being the source of the news reports that traces of semen of former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn on the clothes of a maid.

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