Strauss-Kahn accuser goes public on alleged assault

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A Guinean woman who has accused former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of trying to rape her in a Manhattan hotel suite has given her first public interviews to clear her name, US media said Sunday.

"Because of him they call me a prostitute," she told Newsweek magazine. "I want him to go to jail. I want him to know there are some places you cannot use your power, you cannot use your money."

The woman was also to appear on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Monday morning, exactly a week before Strauss-Kahn was due back in court in New York for the next hearing on seven charges of attempted rape and sexual assault.

Strauss-Kahn, a French politician once seen as a leading contender to become the next president of France, has denied all the charges arising from the incident on May 14 in his luxury Sofitel suite.

The woman, whom AFP has chosen not to name in line with its policy to protect alleged victims of sexual assaults, was working as a chamber maid at the hotel when she says she was attacked in a presidential suite on the 28th floor.

She said she had called out "Hello, housekeeping" as she entered the room, and then a naked man with white hair appeared.

"Oh, my God," she said. "I'm so sorry." And she turned to leave. "You don't have to be sorry," the man allegedly replied. But he was like "a crazy man to me." She said the man clutched at her breasts and slammed the door of the suite.

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