You may recall that we wrote in a previous issue of the Report about a hotel housekeeper being sexually assaulted by a powerful man who was a guest in the hotel. The allegations of sexual assault in her lawsuit derailed former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s professional career, as well as his political ambitions in France. The civil lawsuit against the financier, more than a year after prosecutors dropped criminal charges, has now been settled. Details of the settlement were not released, but Ms. Nafissatou Diallo, the Plaintiff, says she was satisfied. From media reports, it is likely the amount of the settlement was very large.
Ms. Diallo came to the U.S. from the West African nation of Guinea in 2003. In May 2011 Ms. Diallo, who was working as a housekeeper at Manhattan’s Sofitel hotel, claimed Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her when she entered his suite to clean it. At the time Strauss-Kahn was considered a promising candidate for the French presidency.
Ms. Diallo’s accusations — that Strauss-Kahn emerged from his hotel bathroom naked, shoved her onto the bed, tried to rape her and forced her to perform oral sex — prompted additional allegations against him from other women. French prosecutors are considering whether to press charges against Strauss-Kahn, alleging he was involved in a ring that arranged sex parties with prostitutes. While Strauss-Kahn has denied any wrongdoing, he admitted in an interview with the French magazine Le Point last year that he was “naive” in thinking he could attend sex parties and engage in “free behavior” between consenting adults without offending some people. Strauss-Kahn told French TV in a separate interview that he regretted his encounter with Ms. Diallo.
Kenneth Thompson, a lawyer with the firm Thompson Wigdor, a New York firm, represented the Plaintiff in this case. He never gave up on her case and persisted in his efforts on his client’s behalf until Strauss-Kahn finally agreed to settle the case. On a side note, Thompson, a former federal prosecutor, is now running for District Attorney in Brooklyn against Joe Hynes, a six-term incumbent.
Source: New York Times.
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