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Maid Sues Strauss-Kahn Over Hotel Incident

Dominique Strauss-Kahn
The hotel maid who has accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexually assaulting her at a New York City hotel has filed a civil lawsuit against the former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief, seeking unspecified compensation.

In the suit, which was filed on August 8 in New York, the woman, Nafissatou Diallo, accuses Strauss-Kahn of committing a "violent and sadistic" attack against her at the Sofitel in Manhattan on May 14, and says she was left humiliated, violated, degraded, and robbed of her dignity as a woman because of the encounter.

Strauss-Kahn has pleaded not guilty to sexual assault charges filed by New York prosecutors and has been freed on bail.

His lawyers have said any sexual encounter with the maid was consensual.

Reacting to the civil lawsuit, lawyers for Strauss-Kahn said the lawsuit has no merit and that her motivation seems to try to make money from the case.

Strauss-Kahn, 62, resigned as managing director of the IMF following his arrest in May.

compiled from agency reports