Strauss-Kahn settles out of court with maid in sexual assault case

By Agence France-Presse
Friday, November 30, 2012 8:03 EDT
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Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, pictured here on April 4, was to learn Tuesday in New York whether his claim to diplomatic immunity will allow him to escape a civil suit over alleged sexual assault. The suit was lodged against Strauss-Kahn by Manhattan hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo, who alleges the French politician forced her into oral sex when she went to clean his room last year. (AFP Photo/Sergei Supinsky)
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Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the disgraced former head of the International Monetary Fund and French politician, has reached a preliminary settlement with the Manhattan maid who accused him of sexual assault, The New York Times reported Thursday.

According to the Times, quoting unidentified sources “with knowledge of the matter,” Strauss-Kahn and the maid, Nafissatou Diallo, have “quietly reached an agreement to settle” her lawsuit.

However, there was no information about any monetary payments by Strauss-Kahn and “no settlement had yet been signed,” the Times reported.

Diallo sued Strauss-Kahn in New York civil court after prosecutors threw out assault charges initially filed against the globe-trotting politician, saying that Diallo’s case would not stand up before a jury.

Strauss-Kahn, who’d been touted as a possible next French president, suffered a stunning fall from grace last year following his arrest at a New York hotel on the sex assault charges. He then faced a subsequent string of sex-related investigations in France.

Lawyers for Strauss-Kahn and Diallo did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the report.

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