Sex charges dropped against Strauss-Kahn

A New York judge dismissed the sexual assaultcase against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, but the order is on hold untilan appeals court rules on his accuser's request for a specialprosecutor.

The judge made the ruling Tuesday.

A 33-year-old West African maid claimed that the former head ofthe International Monetary fund attacked her and sexually assaultedher in his luxury suite on May 14.

Prosecutors argued that DNA evidence showed sexual contact butnot necessarily a forced encounter. They also see medical findingsas inconclusive.

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