Alleged victim in Strauss-Kahn case sues NY Post for defamation

Is this NY Post headline true or false?


Maybe she’ll get her day in court after all. The Guardian:

The hotel maid at the centre of the attempted rape case against the former head of the IMF, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, is suing the New York Post for libel after the newspaper accused her of working as a prostitute.

The lawsuit was filed against the Post and five of its journalists after a stream of articles over the weekend that claimed she had engaged in sex work both in the Sofitel hotel where Strauss-Kahn had been staying at the time of the alleged assault and afterwards when the maid was under the protective care of New York police.

The legal action, reported by Reuters, says that “all of these statements are false, have subjected the plaintiff to humiliation, scorn and ridicule throughout the world by falsely portraying her as a prostitute or as a woman who trades her body for money and they constitute defamation and libel per se.”


I hope they use discovery to prove the leaks came directly from the DSK defense team. Then she can amend the complaint to include them in the lawsuit.

Of course truth is a defense to defamation claims, so maybe we’ll find out what really happened eventually.

Meanwhile:

French writer files complaint alleging attempted rape against Strauss-Kahn

The lawyer acting for French writer Tristane Banon says a formal complaint alleging attempted rape has been launched against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn. The statement ends weeks of speculation over whether Banon would make formal legal moves against Strauss-Kahn.

Dominique Strauss Kahn’s personal and political future looked suddenly brighter after doubts were raised about the credibility of the hotel maid accusing him of attempted rape.

But now, a new allegation will probably turn the situation another way around.

French writer Tristane Banon’s lawyer filed a formal complaint by mail against the former IMF Chief on Tuesday. Banon alleges that Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her when they were alone for an interview in 2003.


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10 Responses to Alleged victim in Strauss-Kahn case sues NY Post for defamation

  1. angienc says:

    I hope they use discovery to prove the leaks came directly from the DSK defense team. Then she can amend the complaint to include them in the lawsuit.

    From your lips to God’s ears. I don’t believe the allegations that she is a hooker for one second. And the defense team is the *only* conceivable source for these “leaks.” I want karma to bite them in the ass.

    I wish Branon would volunteer to testify in the NY case — having a pattern of behavior will help make up for any credibility problem the maid has for lying to get asylum in the US.

    The head of the socialist party in France wishes this whole “soap opera” would just “die down?” Big surprise.

    • myiq2xu says:

      The case was already headed for the dumper. They didn’t need to slime her further.

    • yttik says:

      I didn’t believe the hooker allegations, either. I’ve never heard of a prostitute who needs to take a second job as a maid to make ends meet. I’ve also never heard of a prostitute who filled a police report because she didn’t get paid or was so upset about it she was throwing up and crying.

  2. propertius says:

    Brad deLong says that DSK’s French accuser, Tristane Banon, is his wife’s goddaughter:

    http://delong.typepad.com/sdj/2011/07/its-not-a-sex-complaint-its-your-wifes-goddaughter-accusing-him-of-attempted-rape.html

    I haven’t seen this confirmed elsewhere, and I don’t know what his source for this statement is.

  3. Three Wickets says:

    @REUTERSFLASH: Lawyers for accuser of Strauss-Kahn ask district attorney to step down from case, appoint special prosecutor

  4. lisadawn82@yahoo.com says:

    Well, the best defense is a good offense. I hope she rolls right on over the gasbags.

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