Strauss-Kahn wants maid's civil sex suit to be tossed
Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn asked a Bronx judge yesterday to throw out a civil suit initiated by the hotel maid who accused him of sexual assault.
His attorneys, who filed the motion in New York state court in the Bronx, said that Strauss-Kahn’s role as a diplomat granted him immunity from the suit under international law.
A grand jury indicted Strauss-Kahn, 62, based on 32-year-old Nafissatou Diallo’s accusation that he forced her to perform oral sex in a luxury suite at midtown’s Sofitel hotel on May 14. Prosecutors asked a judge in August to drop the criminal charges because they no longer believed Diallo was credible.
Strauss-Kahn maintains that the encounter was consensual and said in an interview last week that it was a “moral failing.”
In the civil suit, Diallo asks for unspecified damages in what she called a “sadistic” attack.
It was not clear when a decision on a dismissal would be made.