Maid's lawyer says she 'abandoned' by prosecutor

23rd August 2011, Comments 0 comments

A lawyer for the maid who accused former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault said Tuesday that New York's top prosecutor "abandoned" an innocent victim after charges were dropped.

Kenneth Thompson, a lawyer for 32-year-old Guinean immigrant Nafissatou Diallo, vowed to pursue a civil case against the French politician over the allegations of forcible sex in a luxury Manhattan hotel.

After criminal charges were dropped Tuesday against Strauss-Kahn, the maid's lawyer said Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance "abandoned an innocent women and denied the right to justice in a rape case."

"We now take our fight to a civil case," he added.

After a spectacular and sordid three-month legal saga that has captivated the world and turned French politics on its head, prosecutors gave up after saying the accuser's lies had damaged her credibility beyond repair.

In a packed Manhattan courthouse, Judge Michael Obus agreed to drop all charges and dismissed a last-ditch attempt by the maid's lawyers to have a special prosecutor appointed.

But Strauss-Kahn still needs to wait up to 30 days as a higher court considers an appeal on the special prosecutor. It was unclear if Strauss-Kahn would be able to travel to France until the decision.

© 2011 AFP

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