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Jul262011

Dominique Strauss-Kahn Hearing Delayed as Prosecutor Mulls Evidence

Harold Cunningham/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New York prosecutors have postponed the next hearing in the alleged sexual assault by French money man Dominique Strauss-Kahn while prosecutors determine whether the case is strong enough to prosecute despite alleged lies and altered statements by his accuser.

The postponement by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance comes a day after Strauss-Kahn's alleged victim, Nafissatou Diallo, spoke about her case on ABC News and in Newsweek, multiple persons involved in the case tell ABC News.

The district attorney had not decided by Tuesday whether or not to go forward in the case, and it was unclear what effect, if any, the decision by Diallo to go public with her version of the alleged sexual assault may have on the prosecution's determination.

The next hearing for Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund who was expected to run for the presidency of France, had been scheduled for Aug. 1. It has now been pushed back to Aug. 23, according to the prosecutor's office.

"The investigation into this pending criminal case is continuing. We will have no further comment," said Erin Duggan, director of communications for Vance.

While the district attorney remained circumspect in his statement, defense attorneys for Strauss-Kahn were forceful in calling for a dismissal, using the postponement as the latest vehicle for public assertions of their client's innocence.

"We have consented to a postponement of the status hearing before Judge [Michael] Obus from Aug. 1 to Aug. 23. We understand the district attorney is continuing to investigate," attorneys Benjamin Brafman and William W. Taylor said in a statement. "We hope that by Aug. 23 he will have reached the decision to dismiss."

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