NEW YORK (PIX11)—She never said one word about his money.
That was lawyer, Kenneth Thompsonwho represents hotel maid, Nafissatou Diallo, after the two heard tapes of phone conversations she had, after the arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, then the director of the International Monetary Fund.
Nafissatou Diallo, an African immigrant, accused the French-born politician of trying to rape herand forcing her to have oral sexwhen she arrived to clean his suite at the Sofitel hotel on May 14th. Strauss-Kahn was later pulled off an Air France jet on the tarmac at JFK airport and arrested the next day for sexual assault. His lawyers said the sex was consensual. Since then, prosecutors have raised credibility issues about Diallo, who changed certain aspects of her account and talked with a convicted drug dealer about the case, the day after Strauss-Kahns arrest.
The phone conversations were recorded, as a matter of course, by federal penitentiary officialswho turned the recordings over to the Manhattan District Attorneys office. Because of the phone calls and other discrepancies with Diallos story, prosecutors asked a judge to free Strauss-Kahn from house arrest on July 1st, and defense lawyers are working to get all criminal charges dropped.
But Diallo is fighting back. She went public with her story about the sexual assault this week, featured in a front-page report in Newsweek magazine, and a sit-down interview with Robin Roberts of Good Morning, America.
On Wednesday, she went to the District Attorneys office in lower Manhattan to listen to the tapes that have generated so much controversy. After an eight hour meeting, her lawyer, Kenneth Thompson, said this about the first phone call on May 15th: The discussion of his wealth never came up. But other calls followed. The guy in jail, the second time they spoke, said Hes powerful, hes a rich man. Kenneth Thompson told us. But Thompson said quotes of the conversations leaked earlier this month were misleading and made it look like the maid was looking for a big pay day.
Nafissatou Diallo is planning to file a civil lawsuit against Strauss-Kahn, who is married to a very wealthy woman.
As Thompson put it, There is nothing wrong with a woman whos almost been raped filing a lawsuit.
Prosecutors have pushed back a scheduled hearing with Dominique Strauss-Kahn from August 1st to late August.