Strauss-Kahn settles with sex 'assault' maid: report

Posted at 11/30/12 8:47 AM

NEW YORK - Disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has reached a preliminary settlement with a Manhattan maid who accused him of sexual assault, The New York Times reported Thursday.

According to the Times, quoting unidentified sources "with knowledge of the matter," the leading French politician and the hotel maid, Nafissatou Diallo, have "quietly reached an agreement to settle" her lawsuit.

The report contained no information about any payments by Strauss-Kahn and "no settlement had yet been signed." Lawyers for the parties are due to go before a judge in the Bronx next week, the newspaper said.

Strauss-Kahn, who was once touted as a possible French president, suffered a stunning fall from grace following his arrest at a New York hotel last year on the sex assault charges.

He then faced a string of separate sex-related investigations in France.

Diallo sued Strauss-Kahn in a New York civil court after prosecutors threw out assault charges filed against the globe-trotting politician, saying the maid's case would not stand up before a jury.

Lawyers for Strauss-Kahn and Diallo did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the report.

Although Strauss-Kahn has since been mired in legal troubles and brought low by the repeated tarnishing of his once stellar reputation, his initial downfall at a posh Manhattan hotel in May 2011 came as a shocking surprise.

At the time, Strauss-Kahn was jetting between world capitals as head of the International Monetary Fund and was expected to announce what would have been a formidable candidacy for the French presidency.

Diallo, a maid at the Sofitel hotel, shattered that trajectory when she alleged the powerful politician had leapt on her in his room, naked, and forced her to perform oral sex upon him.

Strauss-Kahn was arrested as he was about to take a flight back to Europe.

The subsequent court proceedings and a brief stay in New York's tough Riker's Island detention center publicly humiliated Strauss-Kahn.

Then it was the turn of the Manhattan District Attorney's office to face embarrassment as they admitted that their case was falling apart, with Diallo being caught lying over several points.

Charges were dropped and Strauss-Kahn left hurriedly for France, where his new bout of legal problems were about to begin.

His lawyers have repeatedly said they would not agree to a deal to pay-off Diallo, branding her a gold-digger. Diallo's lawyers have equally often insisted that they only want their day in court to confront Strauss-Kahn.