Strauss-Kahn: 'DNA match with material on maid's shirt'

New tests have found that the DNA of former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn matches material found on the shirt of a hotel maid who says he tried to rape her.

New tests have found that the DNA of former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn matches material found on the shirt of a hotel maid who says he tried to rape her.

Two people familiar with the investigation said the tests were returned last night, which showed DNA found on the maid’s shirt matched a sample of Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s DNA.

Strauss-Kahn’s lawyer Benjamin Brafman declined to comment.

At a court hearing last week, Mr Brafman told a judge that evidence from the incident would not be consistent with a forcible encounter.

Strauss-Kahn faces charges including attempted rape and sexual abuse in connection with the May 14 incident at New York’s Sofitel Hotel.

Lawyers for Strauss-Kahn, 62, who spent the weekend under house arrest in New York, are searching for a new apartment for him.

He is staying temporarily with his wife Anne Sinclair, a former prominent French TV journalist, who has stood by her husband since his arrest, at a luxury high-rise home in lower Manhattan.

Mr Brafman said on Friday that the couple would need to find permanent housing.

French and US media have been staking out the building where Strauss-Kahn was moved on Friday from his Rikers Island jail cell.

Strauss-Kahn, who resigned from the IMF last Wednesday, is accused of attacking a 32-year-old housekeeper in his £1,850-a-night hotel suite. He has denied the allegations.

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