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New York maid launches Dominique Strauss-Kahn lawsuit

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Published: 28th Mar 2012 13:52:20

US civil-court judges are preparing to hear a case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, brought by the hotel maid who accused him of a sex attack last year.

Nafissatou Diallo brought the action after criminal charges were dismissed against the former head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

The charges were dropped when prosecutors lost faith in her evidence.

Mr Strauss-Kahn will not be in court. He is fighting claims in France that he was involved with a prostitution ring.

The hearing in New York will be the first stage in the civil case brought by Ms Diallo.

She maintains he attacked her when she came to clean his suite at the Sofitel Hotel.

Judges must decide whether the case can proceed.

The initial proceedings are likely to deal with complex laws surrounding diplomatic immunity.

The IMF say Mr Strauss Kahn was not entitled to immunity because he was in New York on personal business at the time.

In France, Mr Strauss Kahn has been placed under investigation over allegations that he was involved in a hotel prostitution ring in the northern city of Lille.

He has admitted he attended sex parties, but denies that he knew the women involved in the orgies were hired prostitutes.

Leaked police documents emerged on Wednesday that appear to show that he exchanged text messages with the people running the parties, in which prostitutes were referred to as "material".

Prosecutors claim the term suggests he knew the identity and profession of the women taking part.

At least one of those women has told police there was undue aggression at these events, an allegation Mr Strauss-Kahn strenuously denies.

The parties he attended were stopped soon after his arrest in May last year.

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