Jul 25, 2011

A housekeeper publicly stated details to Newsweek on Sunday regarding the sexual assault attack by former International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn in a New York City hotel room.

Nafissatou Diallo, a 32-year-old immigrant from Guinea, delineated comprehensive details of the attack that occurred on May 14 in a room at Sofitel Hotel in New York.

Diallo told Newsweek that she accidently walked in on a naked Strauss-Kahn in a hotel room she was about to begin cleaning. After apologizing, Strauss-Kahn said "You don't have to be sorry," before locking the door and forcing himself upon her. He reportedly was acting like "a crazy man" and attempted to make her perform oral sex on him by force during the 15 minute incident in which he repeatedly called her "beautiful." She repeatedly asked him to stop and did not fight back, in fear of losing her job, which she told Newsweek she was very proud to hold.

A "nervous" and "scared" Diallo escaped running from the room and has had to deal with painful allegations, particularly that she lied, ever since.

"Because of him they call me a prostitute," Diallo said. "I want him to go to jail. I want him to know there are some places you cannot use your power, you cannot use your money."

Since the report of the encounter, some of her allegations and accounts of the incident have caused controversy, particularly citing the details of events directly following the case. Diallo reportedly has told a few versions of what she did after the incident and of her whereabouts. Most recently, she told Newsweek that she stood in the hallway spitting before grabbing her cleaning supplies and reentering Strauss-Kahn's room to clean.

Diallo's attorney Kenneth Thompson said she was forced to publicly speak out about the incident with Strauss-Kahn "in order to put a face to the brutal crime." Some say she is telling her tale in order to streamline prosecution by the Manhattan District Attorney, according to the New York Times.

A subsequent interview with ABC's Robin Williams is set to air Monday and Tuesday on the network.

Strauss-Kahn, who was arrested at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York en route to Paris, was charged with sexual abuse and attempted rape. He has pleaded not guilty and since has resigned from IMF. He was held under a $6 million bail and was released from house arrest earlier this month. He is due for an Aug. 1 hearing.



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