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Tapes prove DSK maid was no ‘gold digger’

entertainment Updated: Jul 28, 2011 17:17 IST

A lawyer for the New York hotel maid, who accused former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexually assaulting her, has said that a phone recording has proved that she was wrongfully being portrayed as a ‘money grubbing opportunist’.

Kenneth Thompson pointed out that Nafissatou Diallo was portrayed in a wrong manner in newspaper accounts of her recorded remarks to a friend in prison.

The tapes also established that Diallo recounted the attack to the man during their first conversation, showing that her focus was on what had happened to her, not on the former IMF chief’s wealth or stature, News.com.au quoted Thompson, as saying.

“Information has been put out there about Diallo that now I know was false. She never was scheming to take DSK''s money, and that's a fact,” Thompson said.

Diallo spent eight hours with prosecutors from the district attorney's office listening to and translating a phone recording, which had raised doubts about her credibility.

The newspaper has reported, citing an anonymous law enforcement official, that Diallo said, ‘Don't worry, this guy has a lot of money. I know what I'm doing,’ to her friend shortly after Strauss-Kahn's arrest.

But on the tapes, her mentions of Strauss-Kahn's resources and her knowing what to do are made at different points, and in contexts that cast them in a considerably different light, Thompson said.

The session marked the 32-year-old's first meeting with prosecutors since they said they had doubts about her credibility because she hadn't been truthful about her background or what she did right after the May 14 encounter.