New York: Former IMF Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has hired a ‘crack team’ of investigators, comprising of former spies and media advisers to fight back against charges that he sexually assaulted a hotel maid.
People consulted or hired so far include ex-CIA spies, experienced New York criminal investigators and some of the best-connected public relations specialists in the French-speaking world.
In Washington, the team is in the process of signing up TD International, a ``strategic advisory`` firm which offers both public relations and investigative services and is run by former CIA operations officers and US diplomats.
In Paris, Strauss-Kahn``s team has sought counsel from some of his long-time personal advisers affiliated with Euro RSCG, one of France``s best-connected PR outfits.
According to the Daily Mail, Strauss-Kahn could be paying out as much as 200,000 dollars a month to the security firm that is providing round-the-clock guards. Fees for lawyers and investigators could cost millions more.
Two sources close to the case have said that Strauss-Kahn``s team is already trying to dig into the background of the hotel maid, who made the assault accusations.
Among issues which investigators are expected to examine is her US immigration history, which is not a matter of public record.
Strauss-Kahn, who is under house arrest in New York, has denied charges of a criminal sexual act, attempted rape, sexual abuse, unlawful imprisonment and forcible touching.