Wednesday 16 August 2017

Lawyer says maid didn't even know who DSK was

Bill Harpur in New York

THE lawyer for a the hotel maid who accused IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual abuse says she feels "alone in the world" and is telling the truth.

Lawyer Jeffrey Shapiro says the maid is an immigrant from the West African nation of Guinea with a 15-year-old daughter.

He says she had no idea who Strauss-Kahn was until a day or two after she was attacked on Saturday.

Mr Shapiro says his client's story of being attacked by Strauss-Kahn in his Sofitel hotel suite is "consistent" because she is telling the truth. The maid has not been identified.

There is no way in which there is any aspect of this event which could be construed consensual in any manner," Mr Shapiro said last night. "This is nothing other than a physical, sexual assault by this man on this young woman.

Honest

He added: "It's not just my opinion that this woman is honest. The New York City Police Department reached the same conclusion. This is a woman with no agenda."

She arrived seven years ago in the United States from Guinea under "very difficult circumstances", he said, and lives in the city with her daughter.

"She did not know who this man was until a day or two after this took place," he added. "She had no idea who the man was."

French politicians were scrambling yesterday to re-think a presidential race which has been led for months by an undeclared candidate who may now be disqualified. Mr Strauss-Kahn has never been popular with left-wing militants. But he was the clear choice of many voters to replace a desperately unpopular Nicolas Sarkozy.

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