The French news channel BFM-TV published a video clip on Thursday, displaying security camera footage displaying former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn leaving a New York hotel that was the scene of an alleged sexual misconduct incident from May of this year.
The video shows Strauss-Kahn leaving his hotel, minutes after the alleged rape took place. Later, the accuser, maid Nafissatou Diallo, is seen calling hotel security, informing them of the incident, with security personnel seen calling New York police to report.
Before his arrest in New York on May 14 on charges of attempting to rape a New York hotel maid, Strauss-Kahn had been the favorite to win next year's poll.
The former finance minister, who was dressed in a somber black suit and tie, ruled out trying to play a role in the election, recognizing he had "missed his meeting" with the French people.
Prosecutors dropped the charges against him on August 23, saying that while there was evidence of a hurried sexual encounter between Strauss-Kahn and Diallo, they could not rely on her testimony to prove it was forced after she had lied about elements of her past.
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