Dominique Strauss-Khan's lawyers deny settling rape case with Nafissatou Diallo


Local New York City hotel housekeepers wait for the arrival of former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn to enter Manhattan Supreme Court on June 6, 2011, in New York City.


Andrew Burton

Contrary to reports, Dominique Strauss-Kahn has not agreed to settle with Nafissatou Diallo, the hotel maid who accused him of attempted rape in May 2011, the former International Monetary Fund chief's lawyers have said.

Several reports yesterday claimed that the two sides had reached a financial settlement to end Diallo's civil lawsuit against Strauss-Kahn, citing insider sources. French newspaper Le Monde said Strauss-Kahn had agreed to pay Diallo $6 million.

His lawyers issued a statement today describing the claims as "flatly false."

"The parties have discussed a resolution but there has been no settlement. Mr Strauss-Kahn will continue to defend the charges if no resolution can be reached," the BBC quoted it as saying.

Their lawyers are scheduled to appear in State Supreme Court in the Bronx next week, sources told the New York Times.

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Diallo, a 33-year-old immigrant from Guinea, said the 63-year-old Strauss-Kahn assaulted her when she arrived to clean his 28th-floor suite at the Sofitel hotel in midtown Manhattan, the New York Times reported. Strauss-Kahn claimed that Diallo consented to the sex.

According to the New York Times:

Diallo’s lawsuit sought unspecified damages for what court papers called a “violent and sadistic attack” that humiliated and degraded her, and robbed her “of her dignity as a woman.”

In Aug. 2011, a judge dropped criminal charges against Strauss-Kahn after Diallo was shown to have lied about incidences of violence in her past, the New York Times reported.

While Strauss-Khan did not end up in prison, the case forced him to resign from the IMF and prompted other women to come forward and accuse him of assaults, the Associated Press said.

If any settlement is reached, it’s expected that the two will sign a confidentiality agreement that will prevent them from sharing details of it publicly, the AP reported.

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