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Strauss-Kahn settles with maid over sexual assault allegation

A court in New York has heard that the former head of the IMF has reached an undisclosed financial settlement with the hotel maid who accused him of sexual assault last year.

Nafissatou Diallo, who accused Strauss-Kahn of sexually assaulting her, in court today.
Nafissatou Diallo, who accused Strauss-Kahn of sexually assaulting her, in court today.
Image: Seth Wenig/AP/Press Association Images

FORMER INTERNATIONAL MONETARY (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has agreed an undisclosed financial settlement with the New York hotel maid who had accused the leading French politician of sexual assault.

In a brief hearing before a packed Bronx court, Judge Douglas McKeon said the terms of the agreement between the 63-year-old economist and Guinean maid Nafissatou Diallo would remain “confidential”.

“About 10 minutes ago we reached a settlement in this case which was put on record,” he said, adding he had met lawyers for the parties on November 28 and that: “Earlier today we came together to sign to sign the terms on the table.”

Outside the court, Diallo said: “I thank everyone who supports me. I thank God, and God bless you all.”

Her lawyer Kenneth Thompson called her a “courageous woman who never lost faith in our system of justice. With this resolution she can now move on with her life.”

The judge said Diallo had also settled a separate defamation suit against the tabloid New York Post, which falsely alleged she was a prostitute.

The deal brings to a close one of a series of embarrassing probes into Strauss-Kahn’s sexual conduct since Diallo first accused him of launching a naked assault on her in his hotel suite in May 2011.

Before her allegation, Strauss-Kahn had been a leading contender for the French presidency, and the case caused shockwaves on both sides of the Atlantic, leaving his once-glittering political career in tatters.

Diallo, a 33-year-old Muslim immigrant, attended the hearing dressed in a headscarf, green blouse and black trousers, but did not speak.

Strauss-Kahn remained in France where he is trying to relaunch himself as an economic consultant and public speaker.

- AFP, 2012

Read: French court delays Strauss-Kahn sex charge ruling

May 2011: IMF head charged with attempted rape following sexual assault allegations

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