Report: Friends of former IMF chief tried to bribe assaulted maid’s family

By Kase Wickman
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 14:10 EDT
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Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn may have spent the last week and a half behind bars and under house arrest since he allegedly tried to rape a hotel maid in New York on May 14, but associates of his have been busy on his behalf.

The New York Post reports that friends of Strauss-Kahn traveled to Guinea and offered the victim’s family money to make the case go away.

The victim has been well-hidden by prosecution, so the friends went to her family’s impoverished village home instead.

“They already talked with her family,” a French businesswoman with close ties to the Strauss-Kahn family allegedly told the Post. “For sure, it’s going to end up on a quiet note.”

“The woman will get a lot of money,” she reportedly told the paper.

The average family income in Guinea is $45 per month, and the maid’s family allegedly did not know anything about the incident involving their daughter until reporters came to ask them about it.

(h/t: Atlantic Wire)

Kase Wickman
Kase Wickman
Kase Wickman is a reporter for Raw Story. She holds a journalism degree from Boston University and grew up in Eugene, OR. Her work has been featured in The Boston Globe, Village Voice Media, The Christian Science Monitor, The Houston Chronicle and on NPR, among others. She lives in New York City and tweets from @kasewickman.
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