NEW YORK – The hotel housekeeper who accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual violence faced the worldwide media Thursday, and with a shaky voice and broken English defended herself against accusations that she fabricated the story against the man once viewed as a contender for the French presidency.

“A lot of people are saying bad things about me, calling me names,” Nafissatou Diallo said at a mega-church in the heart of immigrant and black Brooklyn.

“A lot of people are saying things about me that are not true.”

Diallo’s entourage was formidable: two influential state senators, one of New York’s most powerful black ministers and a cadre of women’s rights advocates and religious leaders.

Supporters said the 32-year-old Guinean immigrant, who cannot read nor write, had no choice but to go public.

Prosecutors have been considering dropping the case after discovering that she had lied about certain aspects of her life and that she had shady friends.