Strauss-Kahn accuser files civil lawsuit

August 9th, 2011 - 7:18 am ICT by IANS  

Washington, Aug 9 (IANS) The hotel maid, who accused former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexually assaulting her, has filed a civil lawsuit against him, Xinhua reported Tuesday.

Lawyers for the maid, Guinean immigrant Nafissatou Diallo, wrote in the lawsuit that Strauss-Kahn “intentionally, brutally and violently sexually assaulted Ms. Diallo and in the process humiliated, degraded, violated and robbed Ms. Diallo of her dignity as a woman”.

The lawsuit also asks for a jury trial to determine unspecified money damages for inflicting physical, emotional, and psychological harm, as well as the damage to personal and professional reputation of Diallo.

Strauss-Kahn, 62, resigned as IMF chief a few days after his arrest in May. He pleaded not guilty to sexual assault charges and was freed on bail.

The suit comes two weeks before Strauss-Kahn’s next scheduled court date Aug. 23.

Prosecutors have previously acknowledged that there were significant credibility issues with the hotel maid.

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