Monday, July 25, 2011

Hotel Maid in Strauss-Khan rape case, speaks out

The maid, Nafissatou Diallo (left) talks to ABC News, Robin Roberts (right)

This is not Maid in Manhattan, but real story of a New York Hotel Maid accusing former International Monetary Fund, IMF Chief, Dominique Strauss Khan of raping her in a New York hotel room.

The New York hotel maid known as Nafissatou Diallo, 32 a mother of a 15 year old daughter. Nafissatou is from Guinea and fled to the United States after alleging that 2 Guinean soilders raped her in her native country.

She gave her side of her story about the alleged rape by Strauss Khan in a special interview by ABC News and gave permission for her name to be mentioned.

Nafissatou said in an interview published on Newsweek's website on Sunday, 24th July 2011 that Strauss Khan appeared as a "crazy man" and attacked her when she entered his room.

Diallo said she saw Strauss-Kahn appear naked in front of her when she opened the door to his suite. He was like "a crazy man to me," she said.

"You're beautiful," she reported Strauss-Kahn as saying, and said he attacked her despite her protestations.

Nafissatou then shocked the world with allegations that Strauss-Kahn emerged naked from the bathroom of his luxury suite on May 14, 2011 and forced her to perform oral sex.

The Sofitel Hotel in New York where the Maid from Guinea works

"I want justice. I want him to go to jail," she said in excerpts from the television interview released on Sunday, 24th July 2011.

"I want him to know that there is some places you cannot use your money, you cannot use your power when you do something like this," Nafissatou Diallo said.

Strauss-Kahn, 62, has repeatedly denied all the charges against him. In a statement on Sunday, 24th July 2011, his lawyers called the interview a last-ditch effort by the maid and her lawyers to extract money from the former managing director of the International Monetary Fund.

She is "the first accuser in history to conduct a media campaign to persuade a prosecutor to pursue charges against a person from whom she wants money," Strauss Khan lawyers Benjamin Brafman and William Taylor said.

"Her lawyers and public relations consultants have orchestrated an unprecedented number of media events and rallies to bring pressure on the prosecutors in this case after she had to admit her extraordinary efforts to mislead them."

Nafissatou's credibility was thrown into question when Manhattan prosecutors revealed that she told authorities numerous lies, including fabricating a story about being gang-raped in Guinea in order to gain U.S. asylum.

She also changed details of her story about what happened following the purported assault.

Nafissatou said her husband in Guinea died of an illness but did not provide further details.

Roughly two years after being raped by two soldiers in Conakry, the Guinean capital, she fled with her daughter, now 15, to the United States in 2003, where she said she has few close friends.

After arriving from Guinea in 2003, Diallo, who is illiterate, told Newsweek she spent years braiding hair before working at a bodega in New York City's Bronx borough.

As a maid at the Sofitel hotel, she received USD $25 an hour plus tips.

Following the alleged attack, Diallo spent weeks in protective custody, holed up in a hotel with her daughter.

Well then, we will just wait and see.

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