Hotel maid expands civil lawsuit against Strauss-Kahn
The hotel maid who had accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexually assaulting her has expanded her civil lawsuit against the former IMF chief to include a clause of "gender-motivated violence".world Updated: May 24, 2012 23:00 IST
The hotel maid who had accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexually assaulting her has expanded her civil lawsuit against the former IMF chief to include a clause of "gender-motivated violence".
Nafissatou Diallo has alleged in the amended lawsuit, filed in a Bronx Court on Wednesday, that Strauss-Kahn sexually abused her because of her gender and because he has a strong dislike for women.
"The defendant committed a crime of violence against (the) plaintiff because she is a woman and at least in part, because he has an animus towards women," Diallo's lawyers said in the revised lawsuit.
The lawyers hope to use the provisions of a local law known as the Victims of Gender-Motivated Violence Protection Act to nail the former IMF chief who once the front-runner for the French presidency.
Diallo's lawyers Douglas Wigdor said the new clause would make it much easier for them to introduce other non-consensual sexual acts that Strauss-Kahn committed in the past against women because of their gender.
Strauss-kahn's fall from grace began when Diallo accused him of sexually assaulting her in his luxurious Manhattan hotel last year when she went to clean his room.
Strauss-Kahn was arrested and charged criminally.
Those charges were however later dropped as the government said it could not verify the claims made by Diallo since she gave differing accounts of what happened in the hotel suite in May 2011.
Diallo had also filed a civil lawsuit in a court in the Bronx, an area where she lives.
Last week, Strauss-Kahn filed a million dollar countersuit against the maid saying that the sexual incident was consensual and she was defaming him by making "malicious allegation" and "knowingly and intentionally making a false report to law-enforcement authorities."
The less-used New York law, which came into effect in 2000, grants victims of gender-motivated crime enhanced civil claims, including the right to sue for attorneys' fees as well as compensatory and punitive damages in an effort to make it easier for impoverished victims to file lawsuits.