Strauss-Kahn maid’s lawyer calls on other victims

2011-06-08 09:30

The lawyer for the New York hotel maid who accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of trying to rape her has appealed on French TV for other women with claims against the former International Monetary Fund chief to come forward.

Kenneth Thompson, a legal aid representing the 32-year-old chambermaid, told iTele TV: “If there are any other women in France or in Africa who may have been abused by Dominique Strauss-Kahn, please, call me, contact me, we want to help you, we want to talk to you.”

He made a similar appeal yesterday evening on France 2 TV.

Strauss-Kahn, who was formerly seen as a frontrunner to win France’s 2012 presidential election, pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges he sexually assaulted the chambermaid at a hotel in Manhattan, New York, where he was staying last month.

His lawyers say they have evidence to prove that sexual contact with the maid was consensual, a claim Thompson has dismissed as “preposterous”.
A lawyer for Frenchwoman Tristane Banon, a writer, said after Strauss-Kahn’s arrest on May 14 that his client was considering filing a complaint against the Frenchman, a former finance minister, over an alleged sexual assault in 2002.

Banon’s lawyer has said she does not wish to testify in the US in a case other than her own.

Her case has unleashed a debate in France over a code of secrecy in the media that hushes up the sex lives of politicians to the point of keeping quiet about harassment of women.

Strauss-Kahn faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.

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