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Strauss-Kahn accuser speaks to media about alleged sexual assault

The woman who accused former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexually assaulting her last May in his hotel room has given an interview about the alleged attack to ABC News. The woman works as a hotel maid at the Sofitel Hotel near Times Square. She said that Strauss-Kahn sexually assaulted her when she entered his room to clean it.

Strauss-Kahn and his defense attorneys have denied all accusations of attempted rape and sexual assault. They say that any sexual activity was consensual and that the maid became angry when Strauss-Kahn would not pay her for sex. Strauss-Kahn's attorneys have portrayed the recent television interview as an "unseemly circus," according to ABC News. They believe that it is a media campaign designed by the accuser to "inflame public opinion" against Strauss-Kahn. The district attorney's office would not comment on the interview or the case to protect the integrity of the case and the rights of the victim and accused, according to ABC News.

Prosecutors have not decided yet whether to pursue charges against Strauss-Kahn or whether to drop charges. The accuser said in the interview that she was telling the truth and wanted to see criminal charges pursued. The district attorney's office has said that they are unsure of the woman's credibility as a witness. She has changed details of her story. She was not completely truthful on some tax forms and on her application for asylum in the U.S. The woman is originally from Guinea.

Source: ABC News, "Dominique Strauss-Kahn's Accuser Speaks Out," Aaron Katersky, 25 July 2011

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