Former International Monetary Fund chief accused of assaulting a hotel maid are set to appear in court on Monday.
The legal battle began when Nafissatou Diallo, 33, told police that Dominque Strauss-Kahn had attacked her at the Sofitel Hotel in Manhattan on May 14, 2011 and had forced her to perform oral sex. The scandal forced him to resign his post in the IMF and to drop his expected run for president of France.
While accusers in these cases typically protect their identities from the media, Diallo revealed her identity in news interviews in July of 2011. She filed her civil lawsuit just weeks before the charges against Strauss-Kahn were dismissed, claiming forced sexual assault and ensuing physical and emotional damages.
Sources familiar with the matter said the two sides had reached a preliminary agreement to settle the case and that the details of the settlement are not likely to be made public. The hearing is expected to begin at 2 p.m. EST in the New York State Supreme Court in the Bronx.
The resolution of this case would bring Strauss-Kahn one step closer to ending his persisting legal troubles, which did not end when he returned to France after the initial incident. He is currently awaiting the French courts decision regarding dismissing a potential trial on pimping charges related to sex parties attended by him and by prostitutes. (Reuters)