December 11, 2012

Strauss-Kahn, NYC hotel maid settle her lawsuit

The former International Monetary Fund leader stayed in Paris and stayed mum as a New York judge announced the settlement Monday.

Jennifer Peltz / The Associated Press

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Nafissatou Diallo, a hotel housekeeper who alleged that she was sexual assaulted by former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn, appears in court in New York on Monday.

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Former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn leaves his apartment building in Paris on Monday.

AP

Another inquiry, centered on allegations of rape in a hotel in Washington, D.C., was dropped after French prosecutors said the accuser, an escort, changed her account to say she wasn't forced to have sex.

French prosecutors also have looked into writer Tristane Banon's allegations that Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her during a 2003 interview, a claim she made public after his New York arrest and he called imaginary and slanderous. Prosecutors said they believed the encounter qualified as a sexual assault, but the legal clock for pursuing her complaint had run out.

The Associated Press does not name people who report being sexually assaulted unless they come forward publicly, as Diallo and Banon have done.

Several hours before the New York court date, Strauss-Kahn was seen in Paris leaving his new residence in the Left Bank neighborhood of Montparnasse. Asked by the AP whether he was relieved the New York end of his legal problems would soon be over, he declined to respond.

A mix of disgust and apathy pervaded on Paris streets about the case.

"It's disgusting. He's disgusting. The money is disgusting," Parisian Carmen Letourner told the AP near Strauss-Kahn's residence. "He's a sex maniac."

Another Parisian, Jean-Marc Dicicco, expressed relief that the case would now be drifting out of the headlines: "I think that there are much more important events in life than this affair."

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