Wednesday 13 November 2019

DSK and hotel maid settle sex lawsuit

Jennifer Peltz

FORMER International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn and a New York City hotel maid have signed a settlement of her sexual assault lawsuit, a US judge announced, saying terms of the deal were confidential.

The lawsuit related to a May 2011 hotel encounter that also led to criminal charges, forced Mr Strauss-Kahn's resignation from the IMF and ended his hopes of the French presidency.

The criminal case was dropped after prosecutors said his accuser, the Guinean-born Nafissatou Diallo, had credibility problems.

Mr Strauss-Kahn called her claim defamatory and countersued for $1m.

His lawyers acknowledged late last month that there had been settlement talks, though they dismissed as "flatly false" a report that he had agreed to pay $6m (€4.6m).

Ms Diallo's lawyers declined to comment.

She claimed he forced her to perform oral sex and tried to rape her after she went to clean his room. He has said what happened was "a moral failing" but was consensual.

He did not attend yesterday's New York hearing. Ms Diallo looked composed as the deal was announced.

Irish Independent

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