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DSK lawyers meeting with NY prosecutors

Lawyers for former IMF chief may discuss either a plea bargain, reduction of charges, or dropping of the sexual assault case against the French presidential hopeful.

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Former IMF Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn's lawyers met Wednesday to possibly set a plea bargain or even drop the charges altogether. Strauss-Kahn may get off on charges, due to recent questions concerning the integrity of the maid who is accusing him of attempted rape. (Todd Heisler-Pool/Getty Images)

Lawyers for former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn were meeting with New York prosecutors Wednesday over the sexual assault case against "DSK" that appeared on the brink of collapse.

U.S. media reports are speculating that the meeting will address either a plea bargain, reduction of charges, or dropping of the case after questions arose last week over the credibility of a hotel maid who accused DSK, a potential French presidential candidate, of attempting to rape her.

Strauss-Kahn, 62, was released from home detention last Friday, and his $1 million cash bond returned after prosecutors acknowledged there were credibility issues over the Sofitel chambermaid who brought the sexual assault allegations against him.

Prosecutors kept DSK's passport.

The Financial Times reports that the New York prosecutor’s office and Benjamin Brafman, Strauss-Kahn’s lawyer, both declined to comment on the talks on Wednesday.

DSK's next scheduled court appearance on the charges is July 18 in New York.

Meanwhile, the woman who alleges DSK sexually assaulted her in a hotel penthouse filed a libel lawsuit Tuesday against a New York newspaper which reported she was a prostitute.

The unidentified housekeeper claims she was subjected to "ridicule throughout the world" in front page articles in the New York Post which ran under headlines such as "DSK Maid a Hooker" and "DSK ‘Refused to Pay’ Hooker Maid for Sex."

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