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Report: Friends of Ex-IMF Chief Tried to Bribe Family of Hotel Maid

Report: Friends of Ex-IMF Chief Tried to Bribe Family of Hotel Maid

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.

Published May 24, 2011

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.

 

(Photo: AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Written by Hortense M. Barber

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