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Strauss-Kahn accuser's lawyer says prosecutors may drop some counts

The lawyer for the woman who accused former International Monetary Fund head Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault said Saturday that he believes prosecutors plan to dismiss some or all of the charges.

Kenneth Thompson told the New York Times that he had received a letter from an assistant district attorney offering to meet with his client Monday, the day before Strauss-Kahn's next scheduled court appearance.

A person familiar with the case, who spoke to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity, confirmed that a meeting was scheduled Monday.

The letter, from Assistant District Attorney Artie McConnell, said the meeting was requested to discuss what would happen in court the next day. It said prosecutors would meet Nafissatou Diallo, Strauss-Kahn's accuser, at 3 p.m.

"Should she not be available or should she fail to attend, I will assume that she does not wish to take advantage of this opportunity," McConnell wrote.

Thompson told the Times that he thinks prosecutors wouldn't have asked for the meeting unless they planned to give her bad news.

Thompson sent an email Saturday to the Associated Press saying he was on a plane and couldn't immediately discuss the issue.

A spokeswoman for the Manhattan District Attorney's Office declined to comment.

Strauss-Kahn was arrested during a May visit to New York City after Diallo, a housekeeper at a Manhattan hotel, told police he attacked her when she arrived to clean his suite.

The arrest prompted Strauss-Kahn to resign from the IMF and disrupted his political career in France, where he was seen as a probable candidate for president.

But in July, prosecutors said publicly that Diallo had lied to them about her personal history and some critical details of the case. She also admitted lying to U.S. immigration officials about her life in Guinea, her native country, when she applied for political asylum in 2003.

A law enforcement official said prosecutors also discovered that, during a phone call a day after the encounter, Diallo had mentioned Strauss-Kahn's wealth.

The District Attorney's Office then agreed to relax the conditions of Strauss-Kahn's bail, allowing him to be freed from house arrest.

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