A New York court has ruled that a hotel maid’s sexual assault lawsuit against French man, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, can go forward. State Supreme Court Justice Douglas McKeon ruled that Strauss-Kahn, a former International Monetary Fund leader, is not entitled to diplomatic immunity. The judge derided Strauss-Kahn’s claim of international protection in the civil lawsuit filed last August, calling it the legal equivalent of a “Hail Mary” football pass. That’s a most interesting way for the judge to say the Defendant’s claim of immunity was pretty weak!
The United States never agreed to a 1947 United Nations regulation that grants absolute immunity to the executives of agencies such as the IMF, Judge McKeon found. He noted that the disgraced politician didn’t cite diplomatic immunity last year when faced with criminal charges for the May 2011 encounter and pointed out that Strauss-Kahn resigned from the IMF long before he was sued. Judge McKeon wrote in his order: “If Mr. Strauss-Kahn was entitled to absolute immunity, as he contends, there was ample opportunity before now to assert it.”
The 33-year-old maid, Nafissatou Diallo, 33, who filed the suit, says Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her. In August, Ms. Diallo sued Strauss-Kahn in the Bronx, her home borough.
Strauss-Kahn allegedly chased the woman around his suite at the Sofitel hotel in midtown New York, dragged her into the bathroom, and forced her to perform oral sex on him. The ex-finance chief’s lawyers claim he did nothing illegal and is being unfairly targeted. It was reported that Strauss-Kahn is also under fire for alleged involvement with a hotel prostitution ring in France. In a rather surprising development, Strauss-Kahn has filed a countersuit against the maid in her case, claiming she had hurt his reputation. That’s a most interesting claim considering this man’s history, to say the least.
Douglas Wigdor, the founding partner of Thompson Wigdor, a firm with offices in New York City, represents Ms. Diallo. Based on media reports, I believe his client will be successful in her case. At least, if media reports are accurate, I certainly hope so.
Source: New York Daily News
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