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Strauss-Kahn settles suit with hotel maid

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief, and the hotel maid who accused him last year of attempting to rape her have agreed to a settlement in her civil lawsuit against him. In a court hearing in New York on Monday, Bronx Supreme Court Justice Douglas McKeon announced the two sides had reached a deal to end the litigation, but said details of the settlement, including the amount of any damages to be paid to Nafissatou Diallo by Strauss-Kahn, will not be made public. The case stemmed from a May 2011 hotel suite encounter in which Diallo reported Strauss-Kahn forced her to perform oral sex and tried to rape her after she went to clean his room. Strauss-Kahn, 63, said the encounter was consensual, calling her suit defamatory and launching a countersuit for $1m. After the announcement of the settlement, Diallo said: “I just want to say I thank everyone who supported me, all over the world. I thank everybody. I thank God, and God bless you all.” “Ms Diallo is a strong and courageous woman who never lost faith in our justice system,” said Kenneth Thompson, her lawyer. “With this resolution she can now move on with her life.” Originally, the case had spurred criminal charges, which prosecutors later dropped amid concerns about Diallo’s credibility. They said she had wavered in recounting her movements after the alleged attack and lied to them about her past, including a convincing but fictitious story of being gang-raped before.



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