DSK, Guinea hotel maid to strike deal

Former IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn.  FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Lawyers of the former IMF director Dominique Strauss-Kahn (DSK) and the Guinean Sofitel hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo, have reached an “amicable agreement” that could end the sex saga, sources said Friday.

The Le Parisien daily in Paris said no formal agreement had yet been signed by the two parties, but explained that the judge handling the case was favourably disposed to accepting the deal.

The paper quoted the New York Times as saying that Mr Strauss-Khan and Ms Diallo would still appear before Judge Douglas McKeon next week in pursuit of the case.

Judge McKeon has been described as favouring the amicable resolution of cases throughout his career and would not let up on this one.

Ms Diallo had informed the police that the Frenchman had sexually assaulted him on May 14, 2011 and was immediately intercepted at the New York airport as he attempted to fly back to Paris.

As the issue dragged on, Ms Diallo formally filed a law suit in a New York court, accusing the Frenchman of the crime.

But Mr Strauss-Khan’s lawyers almost succeeded in exonerating the Frenchman of the crime on grounds that their client was clothed with a diplomatic immunity.

Then the accused in turn sued the Guinean hotel worker and claimed a damage of about $1 million.

The case almost hit a snag, but Judge McKeon rejected the argument of diplomatic immunity and refused to close the case, which has since been pursued.

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