Dominique Strauss-Kahn resigned from his post as the Chief of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) after being sued by a hotel maid, Nafissatou Diallo, for sexual assault. Ms. Diallo alleged that Strauss-Kahn forced her to perform oral sex in his Manhattan hotel room when she entered the room to clean it. Her original charges were dismissed by the prosecution because of doubts concerning her credibility, which she followed with a civil suit for undisclosed damages. The civil suit motivated others to come forward with sexual accusations against Strauss-Khan, which led to his eventual resignation. Recently, reports have surfaced that Strauss-Kahn made a deal with Ms. Diallo to the tune of $6 million to settle the case. Lawyers for Strauss-Kahn flatly deny that a deal of such magnitude has taken place, but confirm that negotiations are underway and that Strauss-Kahn maintains any sexual acts performed were consensual.
Yet, unnamed sources close to Mr. Strauss-Kahn reported to France’s Le Monde newspaper that he planned to pay $6 million to Diallo, half of his own money, and half loaned to him from his estranged wife Anne Sinclair. It was reported on November 29th, that a deal was reached in the matter at the Bronx Supreme Court, but that the terms of the deal would probably remain confidential. A court date is expected this week, but has not been finalized. Mr. Strauss-Kahn filed a counter-suit against Diallo for damaging his political career as potential presidential candidate in France, a pursuit that most believe is largely impossible after the accusations against him.