Strauss-Kahn sues NY maid for $1m
07:00 Wed May 16, 2012
Report by: BBC News
Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is counter-suing a hotel maid who accused him of sexual harassment, seeking $1m (£625,000) in damages.
Mr Strauss-Kahn was held in New York in May 2011 after Nafissatou Diallo alleged he had forced her into sex in his suite in Manhattan’s Sofitel Hotel.
Prosecutors later dropped charges amid concerns about Ms Diallo’s credibility.
She then opened a civil suit for undisclosed damages against the former French politician.
Mr Strauss-Kahn filed his counter-claim on Monday, one year after Ms Diallo’s original allegation, and one day before Francois Hollande was sworn in as the Socialist president of France.
The allegation led Mr Strauss-Kahn to resign from his post at the IMF and was widely seen as having ruined his chance of becoming the socialist presidential candidate back in France.
He is now seeking compensation for the loss of his job, defamation and false imprisonment. His claim also demands further unspecified punitive damages as well as his legal fees.
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