Strauss-Kahn counter-sues hotel maid in US court for $1 m.

By REUTERS
May 15, 2012 16:53

 
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NEW YORK - Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has filed a $1 million counter-suit against the hotel maid who accused him of sexual assault, costing him his job and any chance of being elected president of France.

New York police arrested Strauss-Kahn a year ago when hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo accused him of forcible oral sex and trying to rape her in his luxury suite at the Sofitel Hotel in Manhattan. Prosecutors later dropped charges after losing confidence in Diallo's credibility.

The counter-suit was filed Monday on the anniversary of the incident and a day before Francois Hollande - the Socialist who took the nomination that Strauss-Kahn once coveted - was sworn in as president of France.

Strauss-Kahn denied the allegations, saying the sexual encounter with Diallo was consensual. Diallo nonetheless sued Strauss-Kahn in Supreme Court in the New York City borough of the Bronx, where she lived at the time.

Strauss-Kahn denies all wrongdoing in the counter-suit and accuses Diallo of "knowingly and intentionally making a false report to law enforcement authorities."

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