New York: US prosecutors have filed documents in a court here requesting that criminal charges against former IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn, accused by a hotel maid of sexual assault, be dropped.
     
A report in the newspaper said prosecutors in the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance filed a "dismissal on recommendation" on Tuesday afternoon in Manhattan Supreme Court.
   
 The prosecutors have requested that all charges against the former head of the International Monetary Fund in the sexual assault case be dropped.
     
Meanwhile, the lawyer for hotel housekeeper Nafissatou Diallo also met with prosecutors briefly in the afternoon.

At the meeting, prosecutors were expected to tell her lawyer Kenneth Thompson that they were planning to drop charges in the case.
     
"The Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus Vance, has denied the right of a woman to get justice in a rape case," Thompson said.
   
"He has not only turned his back on this victim but he has also turned his back on the forensic, medical and other physical evidence in this case," he said.
     
He said "If the Manhattan district attorney, who is elected to protect our mothers, our daughters, our sisters, our wives and our loved ones, is not going to stand up for them when they’re raped or sexually assaulted, who will". Thompson separately filed a motion on Tuesday formally requesting that the Manhattan district attorney be removed from the case.

Initially, prosecutors and police said there was strong evidence of a forced sexual encounter, backed by DNA and traces of Strauss-Kahn's sperm.
   
But Strauss-Kahn pleaded not guilty and his defense team, led by one of America's most famous trial lawyers, Benjamin Brafman, said any encounter would only have been consensual.
   
The prosecution case began to unravel weeks later when prosecutors announced that Diallo had been caught lying on her asylum application form, including about a gang rape she said she suffered back in her home country of Guinea.
   
In addition, she was said to have discussed Strauss-Kahn's wealth in a telephone conversation with a Guinean friend currently held in a US prison.
   
The lying was not directly related to Diallo's account of the alleged sex attack and her lawyers say that she never discussed Strauss-Kahn's wealth.