NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The hotel housekeeper who says she was sexually assaulted at the Sofitel Hotel is speaking out, trying to change how she’s portrayed in the media.

Nafissatou Diallo accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn back in May. The scandal forced him to resign post as head of the International Monetary Fund, but earlier this month, prosecutors questioned the accuser’s credibility, saying she told them a series of lies.

In a Newsweek and broadcast TV network interview, Diallo spoke about what she said happened inside the hotel room,

Diallo claims she walked into room 2806 to clean it, not knowing it was still occupied. She said Strauss-Kahn suddenly appeared naked and starts wrestling her to the bed.

“I said, ‘Sir, stop this. I don’t want to lose my job’,” she recounted to Newsweek. “He pulls me hard to the bed.”

Diallo said he then moved her to the bathroom were he sexually assaulted her.

“I run to the hallway. I was so nervous. I was so scared. I didn’t want to lose my job,” she added.

Diallo insists she’s telling the truth about Strauss-Kahn.

“Because of him they call me a prostitute,” she added. “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.”

Attorneys for Strauss-Kahn said Diallo is trying to persuade prosecutors and released a statement saying “Her lawyers know that her claim for money suffers a fatal blow when the criminal charges are dismissed, as they must be.”

“We believed from the beginning that this case was not what it appeared to be,” said defense attorney Benjamin Braffman.

Diallo said she would love to return to hotel work, but not in housekeeping.

The District Attorney’s Office released a statement saying, in part, “we will not discuss the facts or evidence in what remains an ongoing investigation.”

Lawyers for Diallo and French novelist Tristane Banon, who also accused Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault met with prosecutors in New York last week in a roughly two-and-a-half hour session at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.

Diallo’s lawyer, Kenneth Thompson, said only that he was seeking justice for his client. The DA’s office declined to comment, as did Banon’s lawyer, David Koubbi.

Prosecutors have publicly said the maid has a history of lying that has seriously weakened the case. Thompson has called on Vance to recuse his office from the case and arrange for a special prosecutor.

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

Comments (16)
  1. Nechama says:

    I am a regular 1010Wins listerner. I am getting very tired of hearing about Mr. Strauss-Kahn and his problems. There is a justice system, and I don’t think that it includes the news media. This, according to you has been deemed, almost the most important news in the whole world, with the playing of it every ten minutes. At this point let it go. A small reminder of it once an hour or even once a day would be enough for the whole world to follow along. I am sure that there is someone out to get him, for this to be still in the top news. And if not, let the judge and jury take care of him. Playing it as news, with all the details, demeans your news station, and makes it very hard to keep your station playing in my home. Please – I am sure there are more important things for me to hear about than this.

  2. Ed Walker says:

    If I were a Juror, I would read and read again the transcript of the recorded/translated conversation with her boyfriend who is in jail. Paraphrasing, he said “be careful” and she replied something like “the guy has lots of money, I know what I am doing!” If the alleged attacker had been a 6.2 tall athlete in his 20’s I would believe it. But even with a super those of Viagra a man in his 60’s needs physical stimulation to get a good erection, plus running around, plus knowing that there is plane to catch, and the woman screaming for help etc.. One may argue that he might have done worse things and never got caught, so let’s have him pay with this case for his previous offenses, but that’s a wrong way to go about justice.

  3. BF says:

    If you run you are guilty. This guy is as guilty as can be. Hopefully the judge will play this crime out to justice. His lawyers are as evil as he is. Hopefully truth will triumph. Several years upstate would be a nice vacation for him.

    1. Wow says:

      I could be wrong, but I believe he was already scheduled to be leaving NY that day- so that’s not running, that’s leaving… He actually left his number with the front desk while on his way out in case he got any last minute calls at the hotel. To me, that doesn’t seem like a guilty man. A guilty man with his money would have high tailed it out of the hotel without checking out and boarded a private plane back to France.

  4. Madelyn says:

    Sorry, but I don’t believe her. Dialogue seems lame and timing is suspect~ she almost sounds coached. The man is naked on the bed- WHY DON”T YOU LEAVE THE ROOM?
    This is what happens when you are a liar and there are TAPED CONVERSATIONS OF YOU CONSPIRING TO TAKE THIS RICH MAN DOWN.
    I have no love for DSK, he appears to be a pig. But a rapist, no.

  5. kevinnn says:

    I am speechless . I think she should go to jail for destroying the man’s life . As an african ,i am so embarraced to see my sister acts in such dishonest way to get money . This is very sad .

    1. BF says:

      Are you so stupid as to think his lawyers have twisted the truth. They are paid to defame a witness or accuser in any way that they possibly can. How do you explain that he booked out of the room leaving all his stuff and jumped a plane out of the country. Who would do that but a guilty person.

  6. HF says:

    25 minutes after the alleged incident the old Frenchie is rushing to the airport without luggage, carry-ons, computer or even a cell phone to slow him down at the airport check-in. An innocent person is not in such a hurry to leave the country.

    1. Jean-Jacque Fromage says:

      Oui. He even forgot his Grey Poupon!

  7. Joyce says:

    I don’t belive her. Why would a big tough looking woman allow an old phart who can hardly walk straight chase her around the room. The moment she saw the naked man she should have run. Instead what did she do? Stood there and waited. It was also discovered by the defendants that she was taking in various men visitors while being put up in a hotel paid for by tax payers. Tsk tsk. I think this liar should just drop the charges. It was alleged that they agreed on payment for service, but when he was done the old whack decided to stiff her. Now in the eyes of any prostitute that is R-A-P-E. Yes if a John does not pay for sex then it feels like she “just got scr*wed” or in other words, raped.
    I am not sorry for Straus Khan. He deserved the embarassment and all the money that he has lost and will continue to lose. He should have just held up his side of the bargain and pay the damn woman. I know a lot of a-holes are going to come at me asking me “How did you know?”,”Were you there?”, etc. I read it in the news dimwits, it is all in the news. Well at least the toilet cleaner might walk away with a lot of money from the media giants just like in Casey Anthony’s case. The immigrant toilet cleaner will soon be laughing all the way to the bank. She will then easily retire from the world’s oldest career.

  8. INJUN says:


    1. 9 Billion For Isreal, because they are our friends says:

      Zionist produced degenerates along with extremely cunning and evil people.
      Why else would they do such horrific degenerate things.

      This is not the first time for this reprobate either!!

      1. INJUN says:


  9. s l says:

    she wants money. there is no proof of rape

    1. nancy says:

      The little prostitute never knew her secret career would become so public.

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