She stayed silent for nearly two months. Now the hotel maid at the centre of the Dominique Strauss-Kahn attempted rape case has waived her right to anonymity.
Nafissatou Diallo has gone public on ABC television and in the New York Post. The move, she says, is to prove her trustworthiness and credibility in a case that has shocked the world. She described what she claims were the events in the hotel room.
“I was like, ‘I am so sorry.’ I turned my head. He came to me and grabbed my breasts. ‘No, you do not have to be sorry.’ I said, ‘Stop, I do not want to lose my job.’”
‘Yeah, I was like, ‘Stop, stop this, stop this.’ But he will not say nothing. He keep pushing me, pushing me to the hallway, back to the hallway, keep pushing me. I was so scared.I want him to go to jail. I want him to know you cannot use your power when you do something like this.”
Strauss Kahn, the former head of the IMF, denies the allegations. His lawyers called the interviews “an unseemly circus”.
Legal experts say Diallo’s decision to speak out in media interviews is an unusual and risky move. It would appear not to have won her sympathy on the streets of New York.
“She spoke out after the fact, which does not quite make sense to me. There is a little inconsistency with the story. I am not sure why she waited to speak out after the fact, so that makes me a little suspicious then of what really happened,” said New Yorker Heather Brook.
Thomas Frantzeskakis was equally unsure of Diallo’s motives, saying “I think she is just taking advantage of her position and she is trying to make money out of it, so it is understandable, but I am not sure she is very honest about it.”