Strauss-Kahn accuser holds packed press conference
Nafissatou Diallo, the maid accusing French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape, ramped up her publicity drive Thursday with a packed press conference in New York.
More than 100 journalists crammed into a Brooklyn church to see Diallo who revealed her identity on Sunday for the first time since accusing Strauss-Kahn of forcing her into oral sex on May 14 in his Manhattan hotel room.
Her lawyer Kenneth Thompson said that Diallo wanted to thank her supporters as she arrived for the press conference.
The unusual strategy of going public has further fueled already high interest in the sensational case.
Prosecutors have expressed doubts about the credibility of the maid, suggesting they may drop charges against Strauss-Kahn, who until the alleged incident was a leading French presidential candidate and the head of the International Monetary Fund.
© 2011 AFP