Dominique Strauss-Kahn Files $1m Countersuit Against New York Hotel Maid

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is counter-suing a hotel maid who accused him of sexual harassment, seeking $1m in damages.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn wants to claim damages for false imprisonment and defamation. Photo: International Monetary Fund/Flickr

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former IMF chief, has filed a $1 million countersuit against the hotel maid who accused him of sexual assault, costing him his job and any chance of being elected president of France, reports Reuters.

On May 14, 2011, Nafissatou Diallo accused Strauss-Kahn of trying to sexually assault her inside room 2806 at the Sofitel in Times Square.

According to Guardian, the criminal case against Strauss-Kahn was dismissed after prosecutors lost faith in Diallo’s credibility. Later she filed a civil lawsuit accusing Strauss-Kahn of assault.

The countersuit filed on Monday at Bronx Supreme Court claims the maid’s “malicious and wanton false allegation” undermined Strauss-Kahn’s reputation and damaged “other professional opportunities.”

The countersuit seeks at least $1 million in damages plus an undetermined amount of punitive damages.

“Ms. Diallo’s conduct,” Strauss-Kahn’s lawsuit said, “was so outrageous in character, and so extreme in degree, as to go beyond all possible bounds of decency, and to be regarded as atrocious, and utterly intolerable in a civilized society.”

Yahoo tells that Strauss-Kahn’s attorney William W. Taylor III said in a statement that the suit “should come as no surprise.”

“She is directly responsible for his being arrested, imprisoned, and subjected to extraordinary pain, anguish and expense,” said Taylor. “Her conduct is not without consequence for her and he is not required to simply endure what she did and her effort to profit for herself without fighting back.”

Nafissatou Diallo, a single mother who immigrated from Guinea, has not worked since the incident because of to a shoulder injury she had allegedly sustained during the encounter with Strauss-Kahn, according one of her lawyers, Douglas Wigdor.

“The counterclaims have no basis in fact and were done solely for public relations,” Wigdor said.

Diallo had earlier filed her own civil suit against Strauss-Kahn for a “violent and sadistic” attack. Diallo’s suit alleges that Strauss-Kahn “”intentionally, brutally and violently sexually assaulted Ms Diallo and in the process, humiliated, degraded, violated and robbed Ms Diallo of her dignity as a woman.”

The woman’s lawyers called Strauss-Kahn’s defamation claim an example of the “misogynistic attitude” of a man who now faces preliminary charges of being involved in a hotel prostitution ring in France.

Strauss-Kahn’s countersuit was filed on Monday, a day before Francois Hollande was sworn in as president of France.

Before the allegations brought down Strauss-Kahn was seen as a champion of France’s Socialist Party and expected to beat Nicolas Sarkozy at the polls this year.

This month a judge rejected Strauss-Kahn’s claim that he had diplomatic immunity. Strauss-Kahn may have to return to New York to face the civil case following the rejection of his immunity claim.

His legal troubles have persisted since his return to France after the dismissal of the criminal case. In March, French authorities announced that Strauss-Kahn was under formal investigation in connection with a prostitution ring in the northern city of Lille.

His French lawyers have accused authorities of harassing Strauss-Kahn for his “libertine ways” and denied he committed any criminal acts.

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