Daily Dispatch

EX-IMF chief files suit against maid


DISGRACED EX-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-kahn has filed a $1million (about R8.1-million) countersui­t against the New York hotel maid at the centre of last year’s explosive sexual assault allegation­s.

A year after the scandal broke, the former French Socialist Party presidenti­al hopeful accused the maid, Nafissatou Diallo, of “intentiona­lly making a false report to law-enforcemen­t authoritie­s,” the New York Post said yesterday citing court documents.

The countersui­t lodged on Monday at the Bronx Supreme Court claims the maid’s “malicious and wanton false allegation” undermined Strauss-kahn’s reputation and damaged “other profession­al opportunit­ies,” said the filing, without specifying political ambitions that were rocked by the scandal, the Post said.

Before the allegation­s brought down the Internatio­nal Monetary Fund chief in the wake of his arrest last year in New York, StraussKah­n, 62, was seen as a champion of France’s Socialist Party and expected to beat vulnerable President Nicolas Sarkozy at the polls this year. Instead Socialist candidate Francois Hollande stood against Sarkozy and won.

The Post said Strauss-kahn’s suit also charges Diallo with “malicious prosecutio­n, abuse of process, false imprisonme­nt, defamation and intentiona­l infliction of emotional distress”.

His legal team was able to undermine the maid’s criminal case last year, but he has been helpless against a US judge who rejected his claim to diplomatic immunity and ordered a civil trial to go ahead.

Meanwhile in recent weeks Strauss-kahn has been implicated in a prostituti­on ring probe in northern France, although he has insisted he was unaware women at the numerous orgies he took part in were prostitute­s. — SAPA-AFP

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