The chamber maid who claims Dominique Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her will file a civil suit against the former IMF chief if New York prosecutors drop the criminal case.
So said her lawyer, Kenneth Thompson, after Nafissatou Diallo gave a press conference insisting she was telling the truth about events in the New York Sofitel.
“What happened to me, I don’t want that to happen to any other woman ‘cause this is just too much for me. It’s too much for me and my daughter,” she told reporters. “I’m here to thank everybody… people support me. I want to thank everybody. I thank everybody. I’ve been asking God: Why me? Why me?”
While Diallo did not take questions from journalists, Thompson told them reports his client had told a friend in prison Strauss-Kahn had a lot of money and she knew what she was doing were false.
The case, which is being followed closely both sides of the Atlantic, returns to court on August 23.
Strauss-Kahn’s team is calling for the seven charges against him, including attempted rape, to be dropped. They say any sex with Diallo was consensual and claim she is an unreliable witness.