Strauss-Kahn accuser files lawsuit

Nafissatou Diallo, the hotel maid who accused Dominique Nafissatou Diallo, the hotel maid who accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sex assault, leaves Manhattan criminal court in New York. (July 27, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

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The woman who accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexually assaulting her in May has filed a lawsuit against the French politician Monday, alleging he sexually attacked her with "violence and depravity in his heart."

Nafissatou Diallo, 32, the Sofitel hotel maid from Guinea who finds herself at the center of sensational international case, asked for unspecified damages in a 16-page complaint filed in State Supreme Court in the Bronx, where she lives. She seeks damages for battery, assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Diallo claims in her lawsuit that Strauss-Kahn attacked her with such force the night of May 14 that he tore her shoulder and caused other injuries.

"Miss Diallo has filed her lawsuit now because she wants to vindicate her rights and hold Dominique Strauss-Kahn accountable for the violent and deplorable acts against her," her attorney, Kenneth Thompson, told Newsday.

But Strauss-Kahn's attorneys said the lawsuit showed that Diallo's charges were all about money.

"We have maintained from the beginning that the motivation of Mr. Thompson and his client was to make money. The filing of this lawsuit ends any doubt on that question," said attorneys Ben Brafman and William Taylor.

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Diallo's complaint also criticized the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., alleging that leaks to the news media about Diallo came from sources in the office and severely damaged her credibility and character.

A spokeswoman for Vance declined to comment.

The district attorney's office is trying to determine whether Diallo has credibility issues stemming from false statements made on her 2004 asylum application, in discussions with prosecutors and in tax returns. Strauss-Kahn faces a sexual assault indictment but is free without bail while prosecutors weigh the strength of their case.

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