Strauss-Kahn accuser to file civil suit ‘soon’
A lawyer for the hotel maid who accused former International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexually assaulting her in a New York hotel said today he planned to file a civil lawsuit soon.
Kenneth Thompson, the lawyer for the maid, Nafissatou Diallo, did not specify to reporters at a press conference exactly when a civil lawsuit would be filed.
"I said soon. Soon is soon," he told reporters.
Diallo made an emotional public appeal at the press conference for people to believe her story. The criminal case has teetered for weeks since prosecutors disclosed they had uncovered several discrepancies in Diallo's account of her past.
She also thanked the leaders in the African community who have supported her since the alleged attack by Strauss-Kahn. Diallo revealed her identity on July 24 for the first time since accusing Strauss-Kahn of forcing her into oral sex on May 14 in his Manhattan hotel room.
Strauss-Kahn faces criminal charges including attempted rape, sexual assault and sexual abuse.