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'DSK yet to make deal with maid' -- lawyers

LAWYERS for Dominique Strauss-Kahn have denied that the former International Monetary Fund chief reached a settlement with a New York City hotel maid who accused him of trying to rape her.

William Taylor III and Amit Mehta said last night that the parties have merely "discussed a resolution".

"The media reports that Dominique Strauss-Kahn has agreed to pay $6m (e4.6m) to settle the civil case are flatly false," the lawyers said.

"The parties have discussed a resolution but there has been no settlement. Mr Strauss-Kahn will continue to defend the charges if no resolution can be reached."

French newspaper Le Monde, citing people close to Strauss-Kahn, reported the $6m figure.

Strauss-Kahn's Paris lawyers, Frederique Baulieu, Richard Malka and Henri Leclerc, said they "vigorously deny the fantasist and erroneous information".

The New York Times first reported the agreement had been reached.

A settlement would bring an end to a saga that has tarnished Strauss-Kahn's reputation, and ended his hopes for the French presidency.

But it might not mean the end of his legal troubles. He is awaiting a ruling on whether he is linked to "pimping" in connection with a French prostitution ring.

Guinean-born housekeeper, Nafissatou Diallo (33) and Strauss-Kahn (63) crossed paths in 2011 when she arrived to clean his luxury Manhattan hotel suite. She claimed he forced her to perform a sex act.

Prosecutors dropped related criminal charges last year.

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