Hotel operator to discuss Strauss-Kahn accuser's future

24th August 2011, Comments 0 comments

The company that runs New York's Sofitel hotel said Wednesday it plans to talk to lawyers representing Dominique Strauss-Kahn's accuser about her future with the company.

Nafissatou Diallo was a housekeeper at the upscale New York hotel, operated by French company Accor, but she stopped work in May after accusing the powerful French politician of sexually assaulting her while staying at the hotel.

"Nafissatou Diallo is still an employee of the Sofitel New York," an Accor spokesman said.

The official added that "discussions... with her lawyers" will soon begin regarding her employment after New York prosecutors dropped the case against Strauss-Kahn.

The spokesman did not clarify Accor's position on Diallo's future.

In mid-May, after Strauss-Kahn was arrested, Sofitel manager Jorge Tito told AFP that Diallo worked at the hotel for three years and voiced "complete satisfaction with both the quality of her work and her behaviour."

But the case against the man who many expected to challenge for the French presidency collapsed over serious concerns about Diallo's credibility.

Prosecutors made clear there was considerable evidence indicating Diallo and Strauss-Kahn had sexual relations, but they were not able to establish if the incident was consensual or forced.

Diallo, a 32-year-old single mother from Guinea, has filed civil charges against Strauss-Kahn in a Bronx court.

The case, independent of the recently dismissed criminal charges in Manhattan, is aimed at securing financial damages from Strauss-Kahn.

© 2011 AFP

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