Nafissatou Diallo, Maid In Strauss-Kahn Case, Meets With Prosecutors

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) —A lawyer for a hotel maid accusing Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault says his client met with New York City prosecutors for nearly eight hours.

Attorney Kenneth Thompson said Wednesday that the meeting went well, and focused on tapes of two conversations his client, Nafissatou Diallo, had with an incarcerated friend shortly after Strauss-Kahn’s arrest.  Both sides wanted to get a proper translation that all parties could agree on regarding those phone conversations.

“I never said ‘this guy have a lot of money, I know what I’m doing.’ I never said that,” Diallo said in a TV interview. “I used the words ‘I know what I’m doing’ when he asked me about a lawyer.”

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“The discussion about his wealth never came up.  It was about what Dominique Strauss-Kahn did to her.  It was about how he tried to rape her — that is critical in this case,” Thompson told reporters.

“I am standing here before you to tell you that Diallo was sexually assaulted and almost raped by one of the most powerful men on earth and that she told her friend, the person in jail, what he did to her the very first time they spoke.”

After all the talk about the district attorney considering dropping or reducing charges against Strauss-Kahn, Diallo made her case to the prosecution in the face-to-face meeting.

A statement from the District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.’s office said the following: “This is a pending criminal case.  We will have no comment on evidence, or on any meetings between prosecutors and witnesses, civil attorneys, or defense counsel.”

Thompson has publicly accused the DA’s office of leaking information that damaged the Diallo’s credibility. He has said the only thing more unusual than her decision to give up her anonymity and go public is a prosecutor stabbing a victim in the back.

Nearly two months after the alleged assault at the Sofitel Hotel, Diallo broke her silence this week with interviews in Newsweek and on network TV, saying she did so to defend her reputation.

In the interviews, she detailed what she said happened on May 14 when she walked into Strauss-Kahn’s room to clean.

The 32-year-old hotel housekeeper said Strauss-Kahn suddenly appeared naked, grabbed her breasts, slammed the door and then wrestled her to the bedroom.

“I said, sir, stop this. I don’t want to lose my job,” Diallo said. “He pulls me hard to the bed. I cannot get up. He was holding my head so tight, like this. He was holding my head and I close … I cannot even breathe.”

Diallo said he then moved her to the bathroom where she was allegedly sexually assaulted.

The housekeeper said after the attack, “I run to the hallway. I was so nervous. I was so scared. I didn’t want to lose my job.”

Strauss-Kahn’s attorney called the interviews a last-ditch effort by the housekeeper to extract money from his client.

“We believed from the beginning that this case was not what it appeared to be,” attorney Benjamin Braffman said. “Her lawyers know that her claim for money suffers a fatal blow when the criminal charges are dismissed, as they must be.”

Diallo insisted she didn’t know Strauss-Kahn was a high-profile French politician until seeing reports on the television.

“I said, ‘Oh, my God.’ I was crying, ‘They’re going to kill me. I’m going to die,'” she said.

Diallo’s Wednesday meeting with prosecutors was the first time she’s spoken with them since they publicly announced they had doubts about her credibility.

Strauss-Kahn’s next court date has been postponed to Aug. 23. He faces attempted rape and other charges. He has denied the accusations.

Do you believe Diallo’s account? Sound off in our comments section below…

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  1. lynnMeredith says:

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  2. Yoo-hoo, Hollywood! says:

    I think these two should team up for a buddy-cop blockbuster film: Diallo & DSK, starring Tyler Perry and Robert DeNiro.

  3. Joe says:

    Strange. This is a big strong lady. In yesterday’s media video she walks into
    the court room and bumps her attorney out of the way. The attorney actually
    loses his balance while being pushed out of the way. She knows how to strut her stuff.

  4. lydia says:

    how can believe DSK when he’s accused of another sex assault in another country?Only one answer: plot!I am a 28 years old doctor, mature and beautiful.and now I am seeking a good man who can give me real love , so i got a username Andromeda2002 on–s’e’ek’c’ou’ga’r.c óm–.it is the first and best club for y’ounger women and old’er men, or older women and y’ounger men,to int’eract with each other. Maybe you wanna ch’eck ‘it out or tell your friends!

  5. edward says:

    Every time she tells her story it changes or needs explanation later by her slimy attorney.She consistantly lies.
    Hopefully, the INS will deport her when this is finished.

  6. Myra C. says:

    What a circus. Has there ever been such a ludicrous tug of war, the Lying “VICTIM” desperate for “justice” a.k.a.Big Payda…y and that Joke of a D.A., Mr. Vance, who has no b—s, and jumped to a conclusion based on an illegal alien’s lie, villified Strauss-Kahn without presumption of innocence and now doesn’t have the courage to drop this absurd farce. DEPORT THIS LYING WOMAN and end the farce.

  7. paps says:

    Sweetie, this 100 K from ABC News for this ambarasing interview is all you will ever get form it. Live with that. There are no millions of dollars for you for this case. You and your “lawyer” can just forget it

  8. Scott says:

    The women is a liar, Plain and simple. A liar and nothing more.

  9. morris wise says:

    According to Diallo on her application for admittance to the US the soldiers that gang banged her have gone unpunished. It is not too late for Diallo to return to Guinea and identify them. She should not rest until those savages go to jail.

  10. DOMINIQUE KING says:

    OK LET US DOUBT BOTH MS DIALLO AND MR STRAUSS BECAUSE I BELIEVE THAT BOTH OF THEM CANNOT SAY THE TRUTH BECAUSE IF THEY DO THEN WE WON’T HAVE ANYTHING TO COMMENT.
    THEN LET SUPPOSE THAT MS DIALLO LIES AND MR STRAUSS SAYS THE TRUTH.THEN MS DIALLO ALLEGATION AGAINST STRAUSS ARE FALSE .NOW WHAT DOES EVIDENCE FOUND IN MR STRAUSS HOTEL SAYS AND THE ONE FOUND ON MS DIALLO BODY TELLS?SO IF MR STRAUSS SPERM WAS FOUND ON HER HOW COULD THAT BE EXPLAINED? WHAT IS CONSENSUAL SEX?AND IF IT WAS MR STRAUSS HAS TO EXPLAIN HOW HE COME TO KNOW MS DIALLO SINCE THE TWO OF THEM NEVER MET OUT OF THE HOTEL BEFORE.AND HE HAS ALSO TO GIVE DETAILS OF HIS CONVERSATION WITH DIALLO BEFORE THEY AGREE TO HAVE CONSENSUAL SEX. IF NOT THEN HE IS THE LIAR BECAUSE I BELIEVE IF MS DIALLO WAS AFTER HIS MONEY SHE COULD HAVE GONE AFTER OTHER RICH GUEST WHO STAYED IN THAT HOTEL BEFORE.

  11. Shane Devino says:

    liar liar pants on fire! oh yea… LIAR LIAR PANTS ON FIRE!

  12. Tsvi Kohl says:

    If someone know how to read body language
    he/she will see how she is a total layer .
    No wonder, what she has to lose? going back to her village in africa?

  13. AL says:

    This “victim” looks strong enough to wrestle an ox, not some miserable French Shrimp like DSK. I have very hard time believing this forced rape and abuse story. Very strong smell of setup and money extortion to me.

    1. Brian says:

      and he desrves not to be set up and ripped off

    2. rose says:

      She has liied, lied, changes her story every day, her lawyer Thomson wants to get rich on this story. This nothing lawyer.. Why don’;t we just deport her, she has used our healthcare system for too many years

    3. sk says:

      I agree this woman lokks pretty touiugh and strong for a 60 something yearold man to phyisically restrain. it one thiong if he had a weapon, but I don’t think DSK was strong enough to attack her and she was too weak to run. She lokks like she can beat him up!

  14. Ned says:

    Something doesn’t feel right about the way the prosecutors are going about this. They are normally very eager to prosecute!. They should be looked into. The woman deserves at least a trial.

    1. Jack says:

      She deserves nothing. You can tell by her voice, eyes, body language, face, what she say’s and how she say’s it and from her past, that she is a liar. The case should already have been dropped and she should crawl back under the rock she came from. What a beast of burden !

      1. Brain Dead! says:

        She is just another scammer trying to get rich. This doesn’t mean that DSK is not a perv, but why work when you can sue someone to get rich instead? Hope she is sent back where ever she came from. So many people from other countries come here, sue someone and then run back to their homeland to give like a king or queen.

        She didn’t think that anyone would be following her or tapping her phones after she made an accusation about such a prominent figure? That just shows her level of intelligence. She is just crying because she got caught.

        Next time you try to rip someone off, think it through a little better hunny!

  15. JMS says:

    she took money from newsweek and others to tell her story when i’m quite sure the prosecutor’s office had put a gag order on her. She could have and should have waited until after the trial/case disposition to tell her story to the magazine but opted to prejudice her case b/c newseweek prolly told her that her interview was worth more before the trial. At this point the odds of getting a conviction against DSK are lower than the Mariners winning the world sereis.

    1. CBG says:

      Newsweek doesn’t pay for interviews. There goes your argument.

      1. JMS says:

        If this is true you have a point but the article also said she granted interviews to network TV channels.

      2. bored says:

        Newsweek may not but ABC does !
        She is getting railroaded from her overly ambitious attorney.
        Her attorney see fame and becoming the new Johnny Cochoran.
        In any event, her lies are quite transparent.

  16. M.A.D says:

    EVERYONE DESERVES THEIR DAY IN COURT, THIS CASE IS NO DIFFERENT. PEOPLE SEEMS TO BE AFRAID OF HIM BECAUSE OF WHO HE IS, AND THAT POWER HAS GONE TO HIS HEAD. HE IS CAPABLE OF COMMITING ANY CRIME, BECAUSE HE WILL HAVE OTHERS CLEAN UP HIS MESS.

    1. JMS says:

      99.9% of the time I’d agree with you but this woman is the victim from hell and every prosecutor’s worst nightmare. She gave a false/misl;eading account of the incident. She witheld backround information about prior convictions/rape charges that she subsequently withdrew and she sold her story to the press before the trial which a huge no no. She will have to testify at trial as to the events in question and once she does that the defense will destroy her credibility on cross examination. absent DSK confessing his guilt or a videotape of the assault in question this case is going nowhere.

    2. Ludu says:

      Because people are afraid of him, he was almost dragged out of the departing plane, handcuffed, ignored for hours in precinct, paraded for media in handcuff on perpwalk, sent to Rikers’ Island jail for nearly a week, his photos taken in suicide prevention suit and sent to newspapers, being spread humiliating news as if he was ready to suicide, brought to court wihtout allowing him to shave and dress properly, ordered to pay $1 million bond and $5 million bond and 24/7 house arrest, etc., etc.

      You must be kidding.

      1. Ludu says:

        Correction: without allowing him to shave and dress properly, ordered to pay $1 million bail and $5 million bond……..

      2. M.A.D says:

        boo hoo… big deal

  17. Ant928 says:

    Gotta call…BULL$HIT!!!!! He just happened to know she was coming to clean and not some 80 year old fatty?? Plus the guy probably knows the best escort services in the city…but yet he wants your immigrant a$$? Please…you hit him up and when he didn’t want to pay…you cried assault. Simple.

    1. CBG says:

      Rapists don’t rape because of sex (so, no, whether or not he could get an escort is irrelevant). They rape because they like to humiliate women and exert power over them. Think of rapists who attack elderly women–it’s about the power and the degradation, not the sex. Besides, this guy has done it before–there are charges pending in France.

      1. JMS says:

        I agree w/your analysis of a rapist’s motive but the fact that charges are pending in france doesn’t mean the charges have been proven. I find the victim offensive and the perpetrator unlikeable. on a certain level they deserve each other.

  18. Naked truth says:

    Can we hear international perv, DSK’s side of the story?

    If you doubt the maid’s credibility, how can believe DSK when he’s accused of another sex assault in another country?

    1. oblomov says:

      “how can believe DSK when he’s accused of another sex assault in another country?”

      You don’t need to believe that either !
      Ms Diallo is a fibber, Ms Banon is a basket case.

      1. CBG says:

        Sure, keep finding excuses. LOTS of women have talked about this. He is well-known for being, at the very least, “aggressive.” But you’d rather stick your fingers in your ears.

    2. frenchman says:

      how can believe DSK when he’s accused of another sex assault in another country?
      Only one answer: plot!
      We are very familiar to this kind of behavior in France, and even Sarkozy has been a victim (of Chirac end Villepin)

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