Crime

Video: DSK Accuser Nafissatou Diallo Speaks Out

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

The hotel maid who accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexually assaulting her is speaking out. Nafissatou Diallo gave interviews to ABC News and to Newsweek.

Diallo is giving up the anonymity afforded to alleged victims of sexual crimes just as the case against Strauss-Kahn is falling apart.

"I want justice. I want him to go to jail," Diallo told ABC. "I want him to know that there is some places you cannot use your money, you cannot use your power when you do something like this."

Diallo claims that Strauss Kahn forced himself on her in a hotel room at the swanky Sofitel hotel in New York City in May. Prosecutors say her credibility is damaged because of lies she has told in the past. Diallo admitting to making mistakes, but said she is not lying about this. 

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"God is my witness. I'm telling the truth. From my heart. God Knows that. And he knows that," she said.

She said she is coming forward in order to protect her reputation against false accusations, including a claim from the New York Post that she is a prostitute. She is suing the newspaper.

"I never want to be in public, but I have no choice," Diallo said. "Now, I have to be in public. I have to, for myself. I have to tell the truth."

Attorneys for Strauss-Kahn shrugged off the media blitz as a public relations move.

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"Its obvious purpose is to inflame public opinion against a defendant in a pending criminal case," William Taylor and Benjamin Brafman wrote in a statement.

Here is a BBC report with clips from the ABC interview: