Sunday 18 March 2018

Maid in DSK rape case 'thought she would be killed'

Jon Swaine in New York

The hotel maid who accuses Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault has denied that she went after him for his money, saying that after discovering his identity she feared for her life.

Waiving her right to anonymity, Nafissatou Diallo fought back yesterday against claims that she tried to entrap the former head of the International Monetary Fund, or was even part of a political conspiracy to wreck his career.

Miss Diallo, who is 32 years old, said that on learning of his international standing by watching television after the alleged attack, her reaction was: "They're going to kill me. . . I'm going to die."

The 62-year-old Socialist was expected to run for French president against Nicolas Sarkozy next year. He has homes in Paris, Washington and Marrakech and his wife is an art fortune heiress.

But he resigned from the IMF after being accused of trying to rape Ms Diallo at the Manhattan Sofitel on May 14 and will not be a presidential candidate. He also faces being sued by the maid in the civil courts.

In her first television appearance, Ms Diallo said she had "never seen him" before the alleged attack.

"I was watching the news. And they said he's going to be the next president of France.

"If that was in my country, (and) he's a powerful man like that, they (would) kill me before someone knew what happened to me," she told ABC News.

Ms Diallo and her 15-year-old daughter obtained asylum in the US in 2003, after fleeing war-torn Guinea, in west Africa.

She says she suffered genital mutilation and was raped. But she admits to exaggerating an account of gang rape on her asylum application.

The disclosure was among several blows to her credibility delivered last month by New York prosecutors.

She also lied on her income tax returns and was accused of telling a male friend, who is in jail on drug offences, that "this guy has a lot of money. I know what I'm doing".

Irish Independent

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