Former IMF boss compensates Guinean hotel maidBy TAMBA JEAN-MATTHEW in Dakar | Wednesday, December 12 2012 at 15:38
Former IMF director Dominique Strauss-Kahn has compensated the Guinean Sofitel hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo with an undisclosed amount of money, sources said.
Guinea's state radio on Wednesday quoted Ms Diallo as admitting receiving money, but failed to disclose the exact amount.
The payment thereby ends the sex saga that cost the Frenchman the top IMF job, besides ruining his political career in France.
“Since the event, I had always not hesitated to come out and speak because I was fully convinced that I was telling the truth,” Ms Diallo told the Guinean media.
She thanked all those who had stood in solidarity with her and expressed satisfaction that the matter was now “amicably” resolved.
The lawyers of Mr Strauss-Khan and Ms Diallo announced the deal on Tuesday and thanked Judge Douglas McKeon, who handled the case, for facilitating the deal.
Ms Diallo had told the police that the Frenchman had sexually assaulted her on May 14, 2011 at New York's Sofitel Hotel.
He was immediately intercepted as he boarded a flight to Paris.
The initial criminal case was dropped after prosecutors claimed there were inconsistencies in Ms Diallo's evidence, which they feared could not withstand scrutiny before a jury.
But the hotel maid stuck firm to her allegations and said she was being hounded because the suspect was a powerful man.
As the issue dragged on, Ms Diallo formally filed a lawsuit for damages in a New York court against Mr Strauss-Kahn.
His argument that he enjoyed diplomatic immunity at the time of his arrest was rejected by Judge McKeon.
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