Strauss-Kahn and his sex accuser reach a deal

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Strauss-Kahn and his sex accuser reach a deal

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The former head of the International Monetary Fund Dominique Strauss-Kahn, and the hotel chambermaid who accused him of sexual assault, have reached a financial settlement.

The judge in New York ruled that the details of the deal, including any payout for Nafissatou Diallo must remain private.

She had claimed he had forced her to perform a sex-act at the Sofitel in New York last year. He said she had consented. Her civil action came after prosecutors questioned her credibility and dropped the criminal case.

Outside the New York State Supreme Court in the Bronx Diallo said: “I just want to say I thank everyone who support (sic) me, all over the world. I thank everybody. I thank God and God bless you all. Thank you very much.”

Her lawyer Kenneth Thompson said: “Ms Diallo is a strong and courageous woman who never lost faith in our system of justice. With this resolution she can now move on with her life.”

Strauss-Kahn heard the news in Paris. The judge had said he did not have to go to the court for the hearing.

The scandal led to his resignation from the IMF, and it ended his chances of becoming French president.

The deal brings the affair in the US to a close, but he is still awaiting the decision of a court in France in a separate sex case.