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Scant details emerge of DSK's alleged victim

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Scant details emerge of DSK's alleged victim


Since the claims of her assault at the weekend the alleged victim of Dominique Strauss-Kahn has not gone home to her flat in the Bronx in New York.

Because of the high-profile nature of the case questions have been raised in some quarters – notably the French press – about why pictures of the woman who brought the complaint have not appeared.

It is known she is 32-year-old Nafissatou Dialo from Guinea, a single mother of a 15-year-old girl.

A neighbour said: “She looks nice, pretty nice lady and she’s a nice person.”

Another said: “Each time I saw her with her daughter I’d wave – she’s a good girl and very kind.”

Police in Harlem protected her from the cameras on the day she made her complaint.

US news organisations sometimes decide not to reveal the identity of alleged sex-assault victims until after an acquittal.

A man claiming to be the woman’s brother has spoken. He said she called him on the evening that she made her complaint.

He said she was recovering slowly but was still prone to crying a lot. He described her as a gentle and nice person.

In a different interview he dismissed the conspiracy theory, saying she had no clue about politics and she was not the kind of person to be involved in that.

In that interview he asked not to be identified to protect her and her teenage daughter.

The American news media have powerful backing if they do reveal the identity of an alleged sex-assault victim in the form of the First Amendment to the US constitution – which guarantees freedom of speech and expression.

In several previous cases judges have ruled that media outlets had the right to publish such information under the freedom of the press enshrined in that part of the constitution.

The purpose of the First Amendment is to allow the press to protect US society.

The woman’s lawyer believes that she has already done her bit in that regard.

Jeffrey Shapiro said: “She has done what she’s been asked to do. She feels it’s her responsibility to tell the truth and this has come at great cost to her. She’s given up her personal life and feels that she not only has given up her personal life, but she feels that she’s in danger, physical danger.”

With such global interest the most famous chambermaid in the world, Nafissatou Dialo, is now being protected by the New York police department.

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