Maid Accusing IMF Chief of Sexual Assault Staying 'Strong': Lawyer

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The hotel maid who is accusing International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault is a "strong woman" who is going through a "very, very difficult time," her lawyer said Wednesday.

The Guinea-born single mother has not been able to return to her Bronx home in days because of the media frenzy surrounding her case, the woman's attorney, Jeffrey Shapiro, told WNYC.

"So it's been a very very difficult time for her, but she's doing as well as one could expect, and she's a very strong person," Shapiro said.

Shapiro said the Sofitel Hotel, where the alleged incident took place on Saturday and where the woman has worked since 2008, reached out to him and said his client could continue working there if she chose to.

"The Sofitel Hotel has told me they support her and certainly want her to continue in their employ," he said. "Whether that will take place and when it will take place, I don’t know."

Sofitel did not return request for comment.

Shapiro called his client a "strong woman who’s telling the truth, and the truth will prevail."

"She knows what the truth is, and so something that’s published in the newspaper that is not true is not going to affect her," he said.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn is being held on Rikers Island. His lawyer offered to pay $1 million bail, but that was rejected by a judge.

He is scheduled to appear in court Thursday for a new bail application.


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I think the maid consented to sex because she didn’t tell Strauss-Kahn she was HIV positive to stop him from making sexual advancements. Suppose everything she said was true, that doesn't get rid of the fact that she knew she had a deadly virus and she didn't inform him, so he could stop and she could prevent him from becoming HIV positive. She probably didn’t have sex with a man in the last twelve years and was turned on by the seducer Strauss-Kahn, so she kept quite about her illness and enjoyed herself while murdering Strauss-Kahn with HIV. It’s a criminal act not to inform a sex partner about being HIV positive. If she wins the criminal trail, she may have to face trial her self for attempted murder. Everyone knows that her husband died of HIV in Guinea and the HIV epidemic is widespread there. It’s only obvious she has HIV because she lives in an apartment complex specifically for HIV patients. If Strauss-Kahn had sex with his wife when he got out of Rikers jail then he probably infected his wife with HIV. If he did get HIV, he should blame himself for having contracted HIV for not being more selective with the women he has sex with. Donald Trump always had sex with beauty pageant winners who were clean. For a man of his wealth, he should have picked more attractive and cleaner women. I also think she lied to the police because she said the door of the hotel was locked from the inside and that’s not true because it can only be locked to a person from the outside. She should have called the front desk with her cell phone to ask for help or she should have scratched his face or yelled for help. She said she was forced to give him a BJ, but that is odd because why would Strauss-Kahn trust a woman with sharp teeth if he is attacking her. Strauss-Kahn is a high priced lawyer and he knows it’s against the law to rape a woman. She was aware of the fact that a man who can afford to pay $3000.00 a night for a hotel room is probably wealthy and she wanted to sue him or the Sofia hotel to get out of her poverty which I heard was really bad. If the Sofia hotel really were a luxury hotel they should have at least hired people from more prestigious backgrounds unless they were underpaying her and working her like a mule. I wouldn’t pay $3000.00 a night if an HIV maid was tampering around in my bathroom. What if she had a cut on her hand and blood fell on the toilet seat or on my clean towels?

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The WOMAN involved in reporting this assault is not a maid! any more than your mom is your "maid". Please, for heavens sake, join the 21st century.

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