Strauss-Kahn files $1m suit against maid
15 May 2012, 15:04
New York - Disgraced ex-International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief
Dominique Strauss-Kahn has filed a $1m countersuit against the New York
hotel maid at the centre of last year's explosive sexual assault
allegations, a report said on Tuesday.
A year after the scandal
broke, the former French Socialist party presidential hopeful accused
the maid, Nafissatou Diallo, of "knowingly and intentionally making a
false report to law-enforcement authorities", the New York Post said on
Tuesday citing court documents.
The countersuit lodged on Monday
at Bronx Supreme Court claims the maid's "malicious and wanton false
allegation" undermined Strauss-Kahn's reputation and damaged "other
professional opportunities", said the filing, without specifying
political ambitions that were rocked by the scandal, the Post said.
the allegations brought down the IMF chief in the wake of his arrest
last year in New York, Strauss-Kahn, aged 62, was seen as a champion of
France's Socialist Party and expected to beat vulnerable President
Nicolas Sarkozy at the polls this year.
Instead Socialist candidate Francois Hollande stood against Sarkozy, and won, and will take the oath of office on Tuesday.
Post said Strauss-Kahn's suit also charges Diallo with "malicious
prosecution, abuse of process, false imprisonment, defamation and
intentional infliction of emotional distress".
His legal team was
able to undermine the maid's criminal case last year, but the
once-high-flying statesman has been helpless against a US judge who
rejected his claim to diplomatic immunity and ordered a civil trial to
Meanwhile in recent weeks Strauss-Kahn has been
implicated in a prostitution ring probe in northern France, although he
has insisted that he was unaware that women at the numerous orgies he
took part in were prostitutes.