The disgraced French politician and former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has filed a $1 million countersuit against the maid who accused him of sexual assault in a New York hotel last year.
The move came on the anniversary of the incident.
Strauss-Kahn denies all wrongdoing in the legal action and accuses the maid of “knowingly and intentionally making a false report to the police”.
Nafissatou Diallo alleged that Strauss-Khan forced her to have oral sex and tried to rape her in his luxury suite in a Manhattan hotel room.
Prosecutors later dropped the charges after losing confidence in Diallo’s credibility. She has nonetheless launched a civil suit against him.
The former international financier is seeking damages for his arrest,the loss of his job as managing director of the IMF and damage to his reputation.
Since his return to France the man called DSK for short has been put under formal investigation in connection with a prostitution ring in the northern city of Lille.