Dominique Strauss-Kahn accuser adds gender violence to civil lawsuit

From The Guardian UK:

Nafissatou Diallo uses recent New York law to argue alleged sex attack by former IMF head reflected his hatred towards women

Staff and agencies, Tuesday 22 May 2012

Dominique Strauss-Kahn‘s accuser in a sexual assault lawsuit has filed new claims that the alleged attack amounted to gender violence.

Strauss-Kahn was arrested in May 2011 after maid Nafissatou Diallo said he tried to rape her and forced her to perform oral sex in his Manhattan hotel suite. The married Strauss-Kahn, 63, has said what happened was consensual but represented a “moral failing”.

Manhattan prosecutors later dropped the criminal charges, saying they had developed concerns about Diallo’s credibility. Strauss-Kahn lost his job as head of the International Monetary Fund and his bid to run for the French presidency.

Diallo, in a civil sexual assault case against Strauss-Kahn, is saying his alleged actions reflected a pattern of misogynistic behaviour. New York City recently passed a law against gender-based violence and there have been other allegations made against Strauss-Kahn by women. Diallo’s lawyers wrote in her latest claim: “Strauss-Kahn’s conduct towards women generally is, and more specifically his sexual assault of Ms Diallo was, motivated by a gender-animus and a misogynistic attitude.”

Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers had no immediate comment.

Diallo, 33, insists she told the truth about the encounter and is now pressing her claims in civil court. So is Strauss-Kahn, who filed a $1m defamation claim against her last week, saying she had sullied his reputation with a “malicious and wanton false accusation”.

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