Strauss-Kahn Accuser Speaks Out

Posted July 25th, 2011 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The New York hotel maid who accused former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault has gone public in media interviews, saying she wants justice and her alleged attacker sent to jail.

Nafissatou Diallo agreed to interviews with Newsweek magazine and ABC television more than two months after the incident in New York, and weeks after prosecutors said they doubted her credibility.

The 32-year-old Diallo told Newsweek the former IMF leader grabbed and attacked her like a “crazy man.”

Charges are still pending against Strauss-Kahn, but his lawyers say the interviews are an attempt by Diallo to sway public opinion and extract money.

Meanwhile, authorities in France have questioned television personality Patrick Poivre d'Arvor in connection with a French author's allegations of an attempted rape by Strauss-Kahn in 2003. Tristane Banon filed the complaint against Strauss-Kahn earlier this month in Paris. Poivre d'Arvor was one of the people Banon said she told about the alleged assault at the time.

Strauss-Kahn has repeatedly denied the charges.

In a televised interview with ABC News, Diallo said she did not know who Strauss-Kahn was before the attack, and once she found out she thought she would be killed.

Prosecutors in the case say Diallo gave inconsistent accounts of what she did following the alleged attack.

Strauss-Kahn, a veteran French politician, was arrested in May on charges he attacked the maid at a luxury New York City hotel. The arrest prompted his resignation as IMF chief, and former French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde was chosen to succeed him.

Before his arrest, Strauss-Kahn was considered a top contender to run as the Socialist Party candidate against French President Nicolas Sarkozy in 2012.