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article imageVideo: Hotel maid speaks out about Strauss-Kahn allegations

By Arthur Weinreb     Jul 25, 2011 in Crime
Nafissatou Diallo, 32, the hotel maid who alleged she was sexually assaulted by former IMF head Dominque Strauss-Kahn, granted an exclusive interview to Newsweek magazine.
The July 25 edition of Newsweek magazine contains the interview with Diallo who is speaking out for the first time since she alleged she was sexually assaulted by Strauss-Kahn on May 14. At the time, Strauss-Kahn was the managing director of the IMF.
Strauss-Kahn was arrested at Kennedy International Airport shortly after the alleged assault as he prepared to return to his native France. Diallo alleged Strauss-Khan sexually assaulted her and the former IMF head was charged with seven sex related offences and detained at Riker's Island before he was released on bail with very stringent conditions.
On July 5, it was reported that the charges against Strauss-Kahn would likely be dropped by the Manhattan District Attorney's Office. A source told the New York Post, "Her [Diallo's] credibility is so bad now, we know we cannot sustain a case with her."
Upset with the fact the charges against Strauss-Kahn may not go forward, Diallo decided to publicly speak out to give her version of the events.
According to Diallo, she was told by a room service waiter that Strauss-Kahn's room was free to clean. She announced herself and upon hearing no response, entered the room to begin her work. She told Newsweek that a naked man then appeared seemingly out of nowhere. She apologized for being in the room and the man told her she had no need to apologize. He then grabbed her breasts, threw her on the bed and attempted to force her to give him oral sex. When that proved unsuccessful, he pushed her towards the bathroom while hiking up her dress and grabbing her crotch in a rough manner. The man then allegedly forced her to perform oral sex on him.
After this act, Diallo left the room and went around the corner in the hall to attempt to compose herself. She then saw Strauss-Kahn leave the hotel room with his luggage. At some point she re-entered the room to retrieve her cleaning materials.
A supervisor later found Diallo in a distressed state in the hallway and the maid told her supervisor what happened. Eventually another supervisor as well as hotel security personnel came to the 28th floor. About an hour after the firest supervisor arrived, police were called.
A final decision whether or not to prosecute Strauss-Kahn has not been made. Authorities have physical evidence to prove that a sexual act did occur in Room 2806 of the Sofitel Hotel. But a trial would likely see Strass-Kahn admit a sexual encounter but argue it was consensual.
Diallo does have credibility problems; the Guinean native lied on her application for asylum in the United States. And she supposedly told a friend, a drug dealer, that she knows what she's doing and Strauss-Kahn has a lot of money.
Read the entire Newsweek interview here.
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