In an effort to make the sex assault case against him go away, friends of former International Monetary Fund Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn have been contacting the alleged victim’s family in West Africa’s Guinea, offering them money, according to a New York Post report.
The woman, a hotel maid, has accused Strauss-Kahn of sexually assaulting her May 14 when she came to clean the room he was staying in at New York’s Sofitel hotel. He was arrested on board a flight back to France that same day. The victim is currently being sequestered and her phone calls are being monitored to ensure she isn’t influenced by any of Strauss-Kahn’s associates, the paper reports. Because of this, his friends have allegedly reached out to her extended family in a remote, impoverished Guinean village.
According to the paper’s source, they’ve already talked to her family members and are sure that the matter will be settled quietly, adding that they’ve discussed a seven-figure payout.
Prosecutors say, though, even without her testimony, they have more than enough evidence against Strauss-Kahn to prosecute. The evidence includes her videotaped testimony, DNA from the hotel room and more.
For now Strauss-Kahn is under house arrest at a Manhattan apartment, after being released on bail Friday.
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