The legal defense of International Monetary Fund (IMF) Chief Strauss-Khan may claim consensual sex as possible defense in his sexual assault case involving a woman hotel housekeeper who claimed she was attacked by the 62-year-old head of the IMF.
"The woman, 32, a widowed immigrant from Guinea who was granted asylum seven years ago, has not been publicly identified by the authorities in New York and has made no public statements about what prosecutors say was an attack by Mr. Strauss-Kahn, 62, a Frenchman, as she prepared to clean his hotel room on Saturday," nytimes.com reports
The hotel housekeeper has not been identified and remained in seclusion in an apparent move by authorities to protect her privacy. She has also been in hiding from media apparently on instruction from her lawyer.
"And as she remained in seclusion, there were suggestions that Mr. Strauss-Kahn, a powerful, wealthy politician who was widely regarded as a strong candidate to run against the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, next year, would put forward a defense that any sex would have been consensual" the report added.
In last Monday's hearing, Benjamin Brafman, the defendant's lawyer told a judge he believed the “forensic evidence” was “not consistent with forcible encounter.”
The statement triggered a strongly-worded reaction from the woman's lawyer Jeffrey Shapiro, dismissing any suggestion the housekeeper had consented to have sex with the defendant.
Shapiro described his role as trying to help her sort out her life and to explain the legal proceedings to her.
"She wants to remain anonymous because she's very much afraid that something could happen to her physically, she feels very threatened by this," he said of all the global attention on the case.
The IMF Chief was arrested Saturday at the Kennedy International Airport while on board a commercial aircraft that was about to take off.
Strauss-Khan is currently detained at the New York's Rikers Island jail.