Strauss-Kahn maid to file civil suit if no trial: lawyer

28th July 2011, Comments 0 comments

The hotel maid accusing Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape will file a civil suit seeking damages if prosecutors do not press criminal charges, her lawyer said Thursday.

"What she wants is justice and if the prosecutors are not going to bring this case to trial then we have to look for justice and what I look forward to is putting this case before a jury," attorney Kenneth Thompson told a press conference.

Thompson, who met for several hours with prosecutors and Diallo on Wednesday, said he was still unsure whether the DA's office would drop the case or go to trial.

"I don't know what the district attorney is going to do," he said.

Prosecutors have expressed doubts about the credibility of the maid.

However, Thompson said that a key problem -- a taped phone conversation where she supposedly discussed pursuing Strauss-Kahn's wealth -- was shown Wednesday to be a mistranslation from the Guinean immigrant's native Fulani language.

© 2011 AFP

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