Strauss-Kahn accuser may sue in friendly Bronx

NEW YORK - For almost three months, thesexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn has centeredaround the upscale Sofitel hotel where a maid claimed theformer International Monetary Fund chief attacked her.

With Strauss-Kahn's accuser poised to bring a civil suitagainst him, the focus could shift from the luxury suites ofManhattan to the gritty streets of the Bronx, where juries arebelieved to be more likely to sympathize with the plight of a32-year-old immigrant than a well-off politician.

Accuser Nafissatou Diallo's lawyer, Kenneth Thompson, hassaid she intends to file a civil suit soon.

While she could sue Strauss-Kahn in Manhattan, where he istemporarily living in a townhouse, legal experts agree that theBronx will be the more likely venue.

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