Former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn. REUTERS/Gonzalo
Dominique Strauss-Kahn and a hotel maid who accused the
former International Monetary Fund chief of sexually assaulting
her in a New York hotel last year have agreed to settle her
civil lawsuit against him for an undisclosed sum.
At a brief hearing in New York State Supreme Court in the New
York City borough of the Bronx, Justice Douglas McKeon said
the terms of deal would remain confidential.
Strauss-Kahn was not required by the judge to appear
personally in New York. His accuser, Nafissatou Diallo, was
present as the judge had ordered.
The agreement ends a legal saga that began when Diallo, 33,
told police that Strauss-Kahn attacked her in his suite at
the Sofitel Hotel in Manhattan on May 14, 2011. Her suit
alleged that a naked Strauss-Kahn emerged from the bathroom
in his $3,000-a-night suite and forced her to perform oral
The scandal forced Strauss-Kahn to resign his post as head of
one of the world's most influential international finance
organizations and wrecked his hopes of running for president
in his native France.
Prosecutors initially expressed confidence in the evidence,
including DNA that showed a sexual encounter. But they
dropped the case in August 2011 after developing concerns
about Diallo's credibility, including what they said were
inconsistencies in her account of what happened immediately
following the incident.
McKeon also said a separate lawsuit filed by Diallo against
the New York Post over the tabloid's report that she was a
prostitute had been settled as well. Terms for that were also
Accusers in such cases often hide from the media glare, and
many media outlets, including Reuters, protect their
identities by not revealing their names.
But Diallo, the daughter of an imam from Guinea, broke her
silence in July 2011, while the criminal investigation was
still active, revealing her identity in interviews to
Newsweek and ABC News.
She filed her civil lawsuit just weeks before the charges
were dismissed, claiming he forced her to perform oral sex
and caused her physical and emotional damage.
Strauss-Kahn, 63, filed a countersuit earlier this year
against Diallo for defamation. He has said the sexual
encounter was consensual but has admitted it was a "moral
The resolution of the civil case brings Strauss-Kahn closer
to ending his legal troubles, which have persisted since his
return to France after the initial incident.
Strauss-Kahn is awaiting a decision by a French court on his
request to halt an inquiry to determine whether he should
stand trial on pimping charges related to sex parties
attended by him and by prostitutes.
He has quietly begun to resume his career in recent months,
delivering speeches at private conferences and setting up a
consulting firm in Paris.