NEW YORK — The maid accusing French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape filed a civil suit Monday in New York alleging a "sadistic attack" and seeking unspecified compensation.

The civil suit was filed as prosecutors deliberate over whether they will drop sex assault charges against Strauss-Kahn, or take the former head of the International Monetary Fund and powerful French figure to trial.

The 17-page court filing alleges a "violent and sadistic attack" in the Manhattan Sofitel room where Nafissatou Diallo went to clean Strauss-Kahn's luxury room on May 14.

No specific amount of money or other punishment is named in the suit, which refers only to "an award of damages in an amount to be determined at trial, plus prejudgment interest" and other unspecified damages.

The suit alleges "sexual assault, battery, false imprisonment and intentional infliction of emotional distress upon Ms Diallo, whom he sexually assaulted as she attempted to do her job as a housekeeper."

The assault, the suit says, "intentionally, brutally and violently sexually assaulted Ms Diallo and in the process humiliated, degraded, violated and robbed Ms Diallo of her dignity as a woman."

The ensuing emotional and mental distress was such that "she may never recover."

The suit asks for a jury trial in the Bronx neighborhood of New York. There was no immediate response from lawyers for Strauss-Kahn, who is living in the city on bail while awaiting prosecutors' decision.

His next court appearance in the criminal case is August 23.