As DNA evidence said to bolster maid’s account, reports allege pressure on her family in Guinea

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DNA evidence taken from the work clothes of the hotel maid who accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape are a match for the former International Monetary Fund chief, a source briefed on the matter told the New York Times.

"The test results were consistent with what law enforcement officials have said about the account provided by the woman, the person briefed in the matter said," the New York Times' William Rashburn wrote, adding that other DNA evidence collected, including from the hotel room's carpet, is still being analyzed.

The results come as the defense team for DSK--as he is commonly known in France--has indicated it plans to allege that the sexual activity that occurred in Strauss-Kahn's $3,000 per night Sofitel hotel suite on May 14 was consensual. That allegation has been fiercely denied by the maid's attorney Jeffrey Shapiro.

To aid in gathering information that might challenge the credibility of the Guinean-born maid in court, DSK's defense team has informally consulted with a Washington firm, TD International, that DSK hired to help with public relations during his 2007 bid to head the IMF fund, Reuters reported.

The Envoy reported yesterday that the firm's founder, William Green, was a former CIA case officer in Paris who was among four U.S. embassy officials asked to leave France in the wake of a botched CIA operation in 1995. TD International has not yet responded to a query.

DSK allies have also allegedly secretly tried to offer money to the Guinean relatives of the 32 year-old woman to pressure her to withdraw her charges, according to an account in the New York Post today.

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"Friends of alleged hotel sex fiend Dominique Strauss-Kahn secretly contacted the accusing maid's impoverished family, offering them money to make the case go away since they can't reach her in protective custody," the New York Post's Oron Dan in Tel Aviv, and Laura Italiano and Bob Fredericks reported from New York.

"They already talked with her family," a French businesswoman described as a close DSK associate told the paper. "For sure, it's going to end up on a quiet note."

DSK's defense attorney Benjamin Brafman expressed confidence in an interview from Israel with Israeli newspaper Haaretz yesterday that his famous client --a former French finance minister and leading Socialist party politician--would be exonerated.

The Manhattan District Attorney's office said they have "plenty of damning evidence to prosecute Strauss-Kahn, including her videotaped statement, grand-jury testimony, statements from fellow hotel employees and semen samples found on the hotel room carpet," the New York Post report continued, adding the prosecutors have urged family members of the maid not to accept calls from DSK associates.

It's not clear whether credible evidence of efforts to bribe or intimidate the accuser or her family to withdraw her testimony would amount to attempted witness tampering.

(Top right: Dominique Strauss-Kahn at a bail in New York on May 19, 2011: Richard Drew, Pool/AP Photo; Bottom: The family of the Guinean maid in their home village of Tchiakoulle, Guinea, in West Africa: AFP/Getty Images)