Strauss-Kahn accuser hints at dropping sex assault case for cash
Lawyers for the woman who accused former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault have hinted they would scuttle the criminal case in exchange for a monetary settlement, the 'Wall Street Journal' reported yesterday.
The woman's lawyer, Kenneth Thompson, strongly denied the report. The report comes ahead of Tuesday's scheduled court hearing in which Strauss-Kahn, once seen as a leading contender to be the next president of France, was due to appear before a judge for the first time since he was freed from house arrest on July 1.
Nafissatou Diallo, the hotel maid who has alleged Strauss-Kahn sexually assaulted her on May 14, filed a civil claim against him last week in New York while the separate criminal case was languishing.
The Manhattan District Attorney's office appeared to be close to dropping charges after revealing that Diallo, a 32-year-old immigrant from Guinea, had fabricated a story about being gang-raped in her application for US asylum. That and other mis-statements undermined her credibility, but charges against Strauss-Kahn remain in place.
Prosecutors were looking into claims that Thompson had offered to help end the criminal prosecution in exchange for a monetary settlement from Strauss-Kahn in the civil case, and they requested Thompson supply them with information about any settlement negotiations, the 'Journal' said.