Strauss-Kahn paid maid $1.5m - report

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IOL news dec 11 Strauss-Kahn Lawsuit~10 AP FILE PHOTO: Former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Nafissatou Diallo.

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Disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn paid a settlement of $1.5 million to the New York hotel maid who accused him of sexual assault, a French newspaper reported on Sunday.

Citing sources close to Strauss-Kahn, Le Journal du Dimanche said Nafissatou Diallo had received the payment under a confidential deal reached to settle her civil suit against him.

The newspaper said Diallo went away with about 70 percent of the sum after paying her defence team.

A judge announced the deal in December, with reports at the time suggesting Strauss-Kahn had paid up to $5 million in the settlement.

Diallo also received a payout from the New York Post, which she had sued for reporting that she worked as a prostitute.

The incident disgraced Strauss-Kahn before a worldwide audience, forcing him to resign his IMF post and wrecking his chances of becoming French president.

He was arrested after Diallo, a Guinean immigrant, claimed he had jumped on her naked and forced her to perform oral sex in his Sofitel hotel room in New York in May 2011.

Strauss-Kahn admitted a sexual encounter took place but insisted it was consensual.

A criminal investigation into the incident collapsed after Diallo changed her version of events, prompting the prosecution to conclude there was little chance of a conviction.

Strauss-Kahn, 63, is still facing a probe in France into allegations that he was involved in procuring prostitutes, after a French court last month rejected a request for the charges to be dismissed.

The case, known as the “Carlton affair” in France, centres around allegations that business leaders and police officials in Lille operated a vice ring supplying girls for sex parties, some of which are said to have taken place at the Carlton Hotel in the northern city. - Sapa-AFP


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