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

Associates of Dominique Strauss-Kahn have reportedly discussed a seven-figure payout with the alleged victim’s family.

Posted: 05/24/2011 05:37 PM EDT

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)