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Strauss Kahn sued in Bronx New York court

August 9, 2011

The Sofitel chambermaid who says she was attacked by the man once seen as the next president of France sued him for “violent and sadistic” sexual assault yesterday in the plaintiff-friendly Bronx.

Nafissatou Diallo’s civil suit against Dominique Strauss-Kahn comes as the Manhattan’s District Attorney is still deciding whether to pursue a criminal case against the powerful French pol despite Diallo’s credibility problems.

The complaint says Strauss-Kahn “brutally and violently sexually assaulted” Diallo in room 2806 of the swanky Times Square hotel, and thereby “humiliated, degraded, violated and robbed Ms. Diallo of her dignity as a woman.”

Diallo, a 32-year-old Guinean immigrant who lives in the Bronx, continues to suffer physical and emotional pain and her life is “in shambles,” the suit says. She seeks unspecified damages.”The good people of the Bronx will now decide the case,” said her lawyer, Kenneth Thompson.

Strauss-Kahn, 62, is due back in court August 23, when Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance is expected to say whether he will pursue the criminal case.

One prominent New York lawyer said the unusual filing of a civil suit before a criminal case is settled suggests Thompson has given up on Vance.

“This is just another good reason for the DA to dismiss the case,” said lawyer Brian O’Dwyer. “The entire case rests on her credibility. This gives defense lawyers another way to question her credibility.”Strauss-Kahn has pleaded not guilty. His lawyer could not be reached for comment. Prosecutors declined comment.

In the civil suit, Diallo promises to bring testimony from other women who were sexually attacked by Strauss-Kahn “in hotel rooms around the world” or when they worked for him.

The suit says that on May 14, a naked Strauss-Kahn – then head of the International Monetary Fund – forcefully grabbed Diallo when she entered the suite she thought was empty to clean it.

“With violence and depravity in his heart, and having the confidence of sexually assaulting other women in the past who did not immediately come forward, Defendant Strauss-Kahn forced Ms. Diallo all the way to the back of the suite and down on her knees,” the suit says.It says Strauss-Kahn left the hotel hurriedly “like a common criminal,” leaving behind his semen “as well as bloody tissues” – a new detail in the account.

Strauss-Kahn was freed from house arrest in July after investigators began to question Diallo’s credibility.


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