"I'm here because I have people call me a lot of bad names," Nafissatou Diallo said at a news conference in Brooklyn at her lawyer's church. "That's why I have to be here and let you know what people say is not true."
As she spoke to the media, close to 40 supporters -- including politicians, and religious and community leaders -- stood behind her.
"I'm here today to tell everybody how much I went through in the last two months," she said. "Me and my daughter went through a lot. We cry every day. We can't sleep."
Diallo, a native of Guinea, spoke a day after she met with prosecutors working in the aftermath of emotional news media interviews where she gave details of how she said the French politician attacked her in his room at the Sofitel in Manhattan on May 14.
Her lawyer, Kenneth Thompson, has been pressing the staff of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. to keep the prosecution of Strauss-Kahn alive despite questions about Diallo's credibility. He said various media reports that raised questions about her role in the alleged attacks or her actions before and after were not true.
"Nafi Diallo is not a prostitute and she's not a hooker," Thompson said. "She's a hardworking, single parent. . . . Also, she's not a con artist."
Vance's office has not commented about its plans since the last court hearing where Strauss-Kahn was freed. Lawyers for Strauss-Kahn could not be reached for comment Thursday.
With William Murphy