The sexual assault charges against French political leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn may have been dismissed, but new hotel security footage that caught his accuser, former housekeeper Nafissatou Diallo, on tape shortly after the alleged attack could impact a lingering civil suit against Strauss-Kahn, who was then serving as managing director of the International Monetary Fund.
The first security footage from New York City’s Sofitel Hotel was leaked on Thursday. In the video, Diallo is still in her uniform as she animatedly describes to a supervisor the details of the alleged sexual assault about an hour after it would have occurred May 14, 2011, after she entered DSK’s hotel room to clean it. At one point, Diallo roughly pushes the supervisor down the hall, reenacting how DSK allegedly forced her into his 28th-floor hotel room, and then to the ground where he allegedly made her perform oral sex. The tape also shows Diallo sitting calmly as one of the security officials called 9-1-1 to report the alleged attack.
Strangely, also visible on the tape are two security guards jumping into the air in celebration shortly after calling police, leading DSK’s supporters to believe the hotel staff was trying to set him up. The guards told their hotel supervisor that they were relieved to have finished their investigation and believed they were talking about sports at the time.
Diallo’s reenactment matches a description she gave Newsweek in an interview in July when she first broke her silence. Police would find evidence of DSK’s DNA on Diallo’s uniform, proving a sexual act had occurred. His lawyers claim that it was consensual.
In August, the New York Supreme Court dismissed criminal charges against DSK because prosecutors questioned Diallo’s credibility. Diallo has since filed a civil suit against him, which is still pending.
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