Stephen Nessen, Reporter, WNYC News
Stephen Nessen reports for the WNYC Newsroom and can often be heard live on Morning Edition.
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.