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Strauss-Kahn to settle over sexual ‘assault’: reports

ACCUSED:The Ex-IMF chief had been touted as a French presidential candidate, but fell from grace following his arrest on sex assault charges

AFP, NEW YORK

Disgraced former IMF managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn will settle out of court with a Manhattan maid who accused him of sexual assault, ending a sordid 18-month legal saga, reports say.

According to the New York Times, quoting unidentified sources “with knowledge of the matter,” the French politician and the hotel maid, Nafissatou Diallo, have “quietly reached an agreement to settle” her lawsuit.

There was no word of any payments by Strauss-Kahn and “no settlement had yet been signed,” the newspaper said.

NBC television also reported the possible deal, confirming that it had yet to be completed.

Judge Douglas McKeon, who is presiding over the civil case, said “there may be a court session as early as next week,” but declined to comment on the reports of a settlement.

Diallo’s lawyers did not immediately respond to an interview request, while a spokeswoman for Strauss-Kahn’s legal team declined to comment.

Strauss-Kahn, who had been widely touted as a likely challenger to then president Nicolas Sarkozy, suffered a stunning fall from grace following his arrest at a New York hotel last year on sex assault charges.

Diallo had sued Strauss-Kahn in New York civil court after prosecutors threw out assault charges filed against the politician, saying the maid’s sex assault case would not stand up before a jury.

Diallo, a maid at the Sofitel hotel, alleged the politician had leapt on her in his room and forced her to perform oral sex on him.

Strauss-Kahn was arrested as he was about to take a flight back to Europe. He later conceded that there had been a sexual encounter in the hotel room with the cleaner, but insisted that it had been consensual.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s office said that Diallo had been caught lying over several points and charges were dropped.

Strauss-Kahn left for France and claimed diplomatic immunity in the civil case. However a judge rejected that move in May.

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