Hotel Maid Set to Testify Against IMF Chief, Says Lawyer
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
The hotel maid who accused IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape told her lawyer she had no idea who the leader was until after the compliant was filed, her attorney said Wednesday.
Speaking on NBC's "The Today" Show on Wednesday, Jeffrey Shapiro, a lawyer for the woman, said the 32-year-old single mother from Guinea will testify against Strauss-Kahn.
"I think that when the jury hears her testimony and sees her in person, and finally she can come public with this and tell her story, I think that (they will find) their claims of consensual sex or encounters are not true," Shapiro said.
The Sofitel maid — who her lawyer said is scared and was caught off guard by the media firestorm that has resulted from the allegations — is now living in a hotel, waiting to testify before a grand jury, he said.
The woman, born in Guinea, came to the U.S. in 2004 under what her lawyer described as "very difficult circumstances." She lived with her 15-year-old daughter in a Bronx apartment, and has worked for the French-owned hotel chain, Sofitel, since 2008.
She accused Strauss-Kahn, 62, of trying to rape her. Strauss-Kahn is being held on Rikers Island, where he is on suicide watch and being held in protective custody in a single cell.
He is scheduled to appear in court Thursday afternoon.
Repeated calls to Shapiro by WNYC were not returned.
With the Associated Press