|Former IMF boss, Dominique Strauss-Kahn
Ex IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn has filed a $1 million countersuit against the hotel maid who accused him of sexual assault, that cost him his job,reputation and any chance of being elected president of France.
He was arrested a year ago when hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo accused him of forcible oral sex and trying to rape her in his luxury suite at the Sofitel Hotel in Manhattan.
He denied the allegations, saying the sexual encounter with Diallo was vonluntary. Prosecutors later dropped the charges after losing confidence in Diallo’s credibility.
Diallo nonetheless sued Strauss-Kahn for unspecified damages in Supreme Court in the New York City borough of the Bronx, where she lived at the time.
The countersuit was filed on Monday on the anniversary of the incident and a day before Francois Hollande – the Socialist.
Strauss-Kahn denies all wrongdoing in the countersuit and accuses Diallo of “knowingly and intentionally making a false report to law enforcement authorities.”
The former international financier seeks damages for his arrest, which included jail time at New York’s Rikers Island and house arrest in an upscale Manhattan neighborhood; for losing his job as managing director of the International Monetary Fund; and for harm to his reputation.
The countersuit seeks at least $1 million in damages plus an undetermined amount of punitive damages. Diallo, a single mother who immigrated from Guinea, has not worked since the incident due to a shoulder injury she claims she sustained during the encounter with Strauss-Kahn, said one of her lawyers, Douglas Wigdor.
“The counterclaims have no basis in fact and were done solely for public relations,” he said.
His French lawyers have accused authorities of harassing Strauss-Kahn for his “libertine ways” and denied he committed any criminal acts