Date: May 16 2012
DISGRACED former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has reportedly filed a $US1 million countersuit against the New York hotel maid at the centre of sexual assault allegations.
A year after the scandal broke, the former French Socialist presidential hopeful accused the maid, Nafissatou Diallo, of ''knowingly and intentionally making a false report to law-enforcement authorities'', the New York Post said yesterday, citing court documents.
The countersuit lodged at Bronx Supreme Court claims the maid's ''malicious and wanton false allegation'' undermined Mr Strauss-Kahn's reputation and damaged ''other professional opportunities''. The filing did not specify political ambitions rocked by the scandal, the Post reported.
Before the sex allegations brought down the IMF chief, Mr Strauss-Kahn, 62, was seen as a champion of France's Socialist Party and was expected to beat Nicolas Sarkozy at this month's presidential election.
His legal team was able to undermine the maid's criminal case last year, but the once-high-flying statesman was helpless against a US judge who rejected his claim to diplomatic immunity and ordered a civil trial to go ahead.
Meanwhile, in recent weeks Mr Strauss-Kahn has been implicated in a prostitution ring investigation in northern France, although he has insisted that he was unaware that women at the numerous orgies in which he took part were prostitutes.
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