Strauss-Kahn accuser meets with prosecutors

Reuters News
Posted: Jul 27, 2011 4:54 PM
Strauss-Kahn accuser meets with prosecutors

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The hotel maid who accused former International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexually assaulting her met with prosecutors on Wednesday for several hours to discuss the case.

Nafissatou Diallo, who recently started speaking publicly about the case, arrived with her lawyer Kenneth Thompson at midmorning amid a crush of media.

The district attorney's office is determining whether to move forward with charges of sexual assault and attempted rape.

The meeting came three days after Diallo, 32, broke her silence, giving lengthy interviews to Newsweek and ABC News, possibly aimed at increasing public pressure on the district attorney's office to continue the prosecution.

The case against Strauss-Kahn has teetered for weeks since prosecutors disclosed they had uncovered several discrepancies in Diallo's account of her past, and of the immediate aftermath of the alleged assault.

Strauss-Kahn's house arrest was soon lifted, but he is barred from leaving the country. His lawyers have called on Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance to drop the case, while Thompson and a coalition of women's and minority groups are pressing for a trial.

Strauss-Kahn's next court date is set for August 23.

The Frenchman had been seen as a leading contender for his country's presidency before his arrest in May on charges that he forced Diallo to perform oral sex in his Manhattan hotel suite.

(Reporting by Joseph Ax; Editing by Chris Michaud and Peter Cooney)