By Shayna Jacobs and Tom Liddy
MANHATTAN - The sexual assault case against former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is falling apart at the seams, according to a published report.
While there is evidence of a sexual encounter between Strauss-Kahn, once considered a prime candidate for president of France, and a maid at the Sofitel in Midtown, sources tell the New York Times that parts of the accuser's tale about the circumstances of the alleged attack and her personal background do not appear to be credible.
Investigators also believe that the woman lied repeatedly since making the initial allegation on May 14, the paper said, and were mulling dismissing the charges.
"It's a mess, a mess on both sides," an official told the Times.
Strauss-Kahn is due back in court Friday morning for a bail hearing. He is free on $6 million bail and under house arrest downtown.
Among the findings were problems with the 32-year-old Guinean woman's application for political asylum and a possible link to criminal activities, the report said.
Officials told the paper that the accuser discussed with a jailed man the possible financial benefits of pursuing the charges in connection with the May 14 incident.
He was among a number of people who dumped $100,000 into her bank account over the past two years, the Times said.
There were also inconsistencies about her phone use and in accounts of rape and genital mutilation in her application for asylum.
Requests for comment from the accuser's attorney, Kenneth Thompson, the DA's office and Strauss-Kahn's lawyer, Marc Agnifilo were not immediately answered.