Maid's lawyer seeks out other Strauss-Kahn victims
The new lawyer for the maid accusing Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape appealed Tuesday to "any woman" who was assaulted by the fallen IMF chief to contact him.
"If there is any woman out there, whether in France or in Africa, who have been sexually assaulted or sexually abused by Dominique Strauss-Kahn, I ask them to please call me to contact me," Kenneth Thompson told France 2.
Thompson announced his role in the case on Monday outside the Manhattan courthouse where Strauss-Kahn had just pleaded not guilty to the alleged sex attack against the maid who was cleaning his New York hotel room on May 14.
The lawyer, who is known for pursuing multi-million dollar settlements for individuals battling major employers and other formidable opponents, insisted he took the case out of concern for sexually-abused women.
"My law firm champions the rights of people who are taken advantage of all over the world. And so we take this case because we feel that no woman should be sexually assaulted anywhere," he said.
If Thompson goes after Strauss-Kahn for a pay-out in a civil suit, the sum would likely be "millions -- plural," said defense attorney Eric Rothstein, who used to work with Thompson in the federal prosecutor's office.
Strauss-Kahn's accuser, a 32-year-old west African immigrant, has yet to be seen or heard from in public. The former IMF chief, viewed before the scandal broke as the possible next president of France, denies all the charges and has vowed to clear his name.
© 2011 AFP