Strauss-Khan to settle sexual assault lawsuit

Ex IMF Chief Dominique Strauss Khan

Former International Monetary Fund head Dominique Strauss-Kahn has settled a lawsuit by a hotel maid who accused him of sexual assault in 2011.

Details of the deal, said to have been struck at the Bronx Supreme Court in recent days, are expected to be subject to a confidentiality agreement.

Mr Strauss-Kahn was held in New York in May 2011 after Nafissatou Diallo said he assaulted her in his hotel suite.

She told police that when she arrived to clean his luxury Manhattan hotel room, he forced her to perform oral sex on him.

Prosecutors later dropped charges amid concerns about her credibility.

The 33-year-old then opened a civil suit for undisclosed damages against the former French politician. Mr Strauss-Kahn, 63, called the lawsuit defamatory and countersued.

Her case opened the floodgates to a slew of others sexual allegations against Mr Strauss-Kahn, leading him to resign from his IMF post.

It was widely seen as having ruined his chance of becoming the socialist presidential candidate in his native France.

He admitted to a “moral failing”, but said it was consensual.

Earlier this year Mr Strauss-Kahn separated from his wife of some 21 years, Anne Sinclair.

-BBC

 

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