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Former IMF Chief Strauss-Kahn Files Countersuit Against Hotel Maid

May 15, 2012

Former IMF director Dominique Strauss-Kahn has filed a $1-million countersuit against a hotel maid who accused him in a civil court of sexually assaulting her last year, her lawyer said Tuesday.

Douglas Wigdor said the countersuit was a "desperate ploy," predicting that the court handling the civil case would swiftly reject it.

Earlier this month, the district court in the Bronx, a New York City borough, decided that Strauss-Kahn could not claim diplomatic immunity and should face the charges of committing sexual assault against Nafissatour Diallo at a Manhattan hotel in May 2011.

Strauss-Kahn was head of the International Monetary Fund at the time.

In the countersuit, Strauss-Kahn said Diallo had made a "malicious and wanton false accusation" when she accused him of assaulting her in the Sofitel Hotel room where she worked as a housekeeper.

A US prosecutor dropped all criminal charges against Strauss-Kahn in August. Diallo's lawyers then filed a civil suit against the French politician in the Bronx court.

In addition to the civil suit in New York, Strauss-Kahn is facing other charges lodged against him in France involving a prostitution ring.

Source: Copyright 2012 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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