Tests matched a DNA sample submitted by former International Monetary Fund director Dominique Strauss-Kahn and semen found on the shirt of the hotel maid who told police she had been sexually assaulted by him, law-enforcement officials said.
Meanwhile, witnesses provided an account of the minutes just after the alleged assault, one of the officials said. Witnesses told police Mr. Strauss-Kahn passed by the maid, who was visibly upset, outside his room as he made his way to the elevator to leave the hotel in a haste.
The former French finance minister and presidential hopeful was indicted Thursday for sexual assault and attempted rape. Strauss-Kahn subsequently resigned his position with the IMF but has maintained his innocence. The case has been front-page news on both sides of the Atlantic.
One of Strauss-Kahn’s attorneys, Benjamin Brafman, declined to comment.
The indictment was handed down five days after Strauss-Kahn, 62 years old, was taken off an Air France flight at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport by police. Earlier that day, a 32-year-old maid at the Sofitel New York hotel in Midtown Manhattan reported to officials that she had been sexually abused around noon after she entered Mr. Strauss-Kahn’s room to clean it.
Strauss-Kahn submitted to the DNA test after his arrest and was ordered held without bail after being arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court on May 16. Lawyers for Mr. Strauss-Kahn said in court that the evidence in the case “will not be consistent with a forcible encounter.” That may signal his lawyers plan a defense based on consensual sex.
On Friday after spending most of the week being held without bail at Rikers Island jail, Mr. Strauss-Kahn was released on a bail package that required him to post $1 million cash, a $5 million bond and be placed under 24-hour, guarded-home confinement. He is currently in an apartment in lower Manhattan.
Meanwhile, a law-enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation provided a narrative based on witness accounts on what happened in the minutes after the alleged assault. The official said that the maid was found by other hotel employees crouching in the hall. She was shaken up, the official said, “quite upset” and “had to be consoled.” At some point while the maid was being consoled by the other hotel workers, Mr. Strauss-Kahn brazenly walked out of his hotel room, down the hallway and onto the elevator.
The official said Mr. Strauss-Kahn passed by the maid and the two made eye contact.
Police discovered that Strauss-Kahn, was scheduled to get on a flight to Europe when he called the hotel and asked if he left one of his cell phones there. Up until his arrest, Mr. Strauss-Kahn, had been expected to declare his candidacy on the Socialist Party ticket and run against President Nicolas Sarkozy.
A spokeswomen for the district attorney declined comment on the witness accounts. In court last week, prosecutor John McConnell said that the maid has “offered a compelling and unwavering story” and that she “made immediate outcries to multiple witnesses, both hotel staff and to police.”