Strauss-Kahn Accuser Breaks Her Silence: 'I Want Him to Go to Jail'
Monday, July 25, 2011
The hotel housekeeper who accused ex-International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault has broken her silence.
Speaking to Newsweek and ABC News, Nafissatou Diallo detailed what she said happened in the luxe suite at the Sofitel Hotel in Manhattan in May. She said Strauss-Kahn grabbed and attacked her, and forced her to engage in a sexual act.
"I want him to go to jail," she told Newsweek. "I want him to know there are some places you cannot use your power, you cannot use your money."
Diallo testified to a grand jury that she cowered in a hallway after the alleged attack and watched Strauss-Kahn leave, then told a supervisor. Prosecutors said earlier this month that she later told them she had actually gone on cleaning rooms before consulting her boss. She denied changing her account.
Diallo told Newsweek she was disoriented and went into the rooms briefly before a supervisor appeared and asked why she was upset.
Prosecutors continue to weigh whether to press ahead with the case amid concerns about her credibility.
Strauss-Kahn's lawyers called the interviews "an unseemly circus" designed to inflame public opinion and garner money — a claim Diallo denies.
Diallo said she didn't know Strauss-Kahn was the head of the IMF or a possible candidate for the French presidency when she made the allegations and only found out who he was while watching Channel 7 the following day.
Strauss-Kahn pleaded not guilty to charges of sexual assault and is scheduled to appear in court August 1.
With the Associated Press