NEW YORK - For almost three months, the
sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn has centered
around the upscale Sofitel hotel where a maid claimed the
former International Monetary Fund chief attacked her.
With Strauss-Kahn's accuser poised to bring a civil suit
against him, the focus could shift from the luxury suites of
Manhattan to the gritty streets of the Bronx, where juries are
believed to be more likely to sympathize with the plight of a
32-year-old immigrant than a well-off politician.
Accuser Nafissatou Diallo's lawyer, Kenneth Thompson, has
said she intends to file a civil suit soon.
While she could sue Strauss-Kahn in Manhattan, where he is
temporarily living in a townhouse, legal experts agree that the
Bronx will be the more likely venue.