UPDATE: DSK's accuser filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the New York Post and five of its journalists for libel for claiming that she was a prostitute.
Reuters reports that the lawsuit accuses the paper of publishing a series of defamatory articles between July 2 and July 4 "in an apparent desperate attempt to bolster its rapidly plunging sales." The suit also claims that the Post either knew, or should have known, what it was reporting was false.
The paper reported over the weekend that the woman "was doing double duty as a prostitute, collecting cash on the side from male guests," and that she "continued to work as a prostitute in a Brooklyn hotel where she was stashed by prosecutors."
According to the woman's suit: "All of these statements are false, have subjected the plaintiff to humiliation, scorn and ridicule throughout the world by falsely portraying her as a prostitute or as a woman who trades her body for money and they constitute defamation and libel per se."
ORIGINAL POST at 9:52 a.m.: Prosecutors will drop the criminal charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn within the next two weeks, a “top investigator” tells the New York Post.
“We all know this case is not sustainable,” the unnamed source told the paper. “Her credibility is so bad now, we know we cannot sustain a case with her.”
Last Friday, the district attorney’s office told the court that investigators have grown increasingly concerned about the credibility of the hotel maid who is accusing DSK with sexual assault and attempted rape. Still, the prosecution stressed that they were not dropping the case altogether.
But, if the Post report is accurate, they are now ready to throw in the towel. The source called an eventual dismissal “a certainty” and said that it will likely occur at DSK’s next court date on July 18, if not sooner.
“She is not to be believed in anything that comes out of her mouth—which is a shame, because now we may never know what happened in that hotel room," said the source. "Did [Strauss-Kahn] use force? Was there actually a crime? I don't think we'll ever know."
The Post says that "multiple investigators for the defense and prosecution have confirmed that they believe" that the accuser moonlighted as a prostitute at the high-end New York City hotel where she worked as a maid.
A source “close to the defense investigation” tells the paper that woman grew angry only once DSK failed to pay for her services after a consensual, sex-for-money exchange.
Meanwhile, the New York Times has a look at the alleged sexual attack as detailed by a hospital counselor who spoke with the maid following the incident.
The hospital report, the paper concludes, is “suggestive of a serious sexual assault” but there are several small portions in the report that the defense could focus on, “most notably one that could be interpreted as the housekeeper’s saying that after the alleged attack, she observed Mr. Strauss-Kahn, 62, getting dressed—something that would run counter to her later version of what happened.”