Court Hearing in Lawsuit Against Disgraced Ex-IMF Head; Settlement Expected

Posted December 10th, 2012 at 2:15 am (UTC-5)
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A settlement may be announced Monday in the lawsuit brought against former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn by the hotel maid who accused him of sexual assault back in 2011.

Lawyers for Strauss-Kahn and his accuser, Nafissatou Diallo, will appear in a New York City courtroom to update the judge about settlement negotiations. Strauss-Kahn is not expected attend the hearing.

The French economist and politician was arrested in May 2011 after Diallo accused him of assaulting her when she went to clean his room at a luxury New York hotel. Prosecutors later dropped the charges against Strauss-Kahn, saying Diallo would not be a credible witness.

The scandal forced Strauss-Kahn to resign his IMF post and derailed his potential candidacy for the French presidency. He also faces charges in France that he was involved in arranging parties between wealthy men and prostitutes. A court will rule on the case later this month.