DSK Accuser Speaks Out

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The Sofitel hotel maid who has accused former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexually assaulting her, Nafissatou Diallo, has gone to the media, giving an interview to Newsweek and ABC News. Experts say that accusers in any sort of legal case usually refrain from speaking with the media in order to prevent any conflicting details from getting out. Moreover, the National Center for Victims of Crime says that sexual assault is one of the most under-reported crimes, with some women’s groups worried that fewer women will come forward because of this case and the media attention it has already received.

Diallo has been accused of trying to get money through the allegations against Strauss-Khan, and, the AP writes, her interviews could be seen as further evidence of that. The former IMF chief’s lawyers said Diallo is  waging “a media campaign to persuade a prosecutor to pursue charges against a person from whom she wants money.”

Indeed, she does urge prosecutors from moving forward with the case, admitting that some biographical info she’s given was exaggerated during her asylum application. She’s also filed a lawsuit against the New York Post, which printed a cover headline calling Diallo a prostitute.