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By Bob Negele
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former International Monetary Fund chief, has settled a civil suit filed against him by a New York hotel maid. According to an article in the Chicago Tribune, Strauss-Kahn, 63, has settled the suit filed by Nafissatou Diallo.
The amount of the settlement was, not unexpectedly, undisclosed.
Strauss-Kahn was not required to appear in court for the end of the case, and remained in Paris throughout the proceedings.
The final hearing in the case took place only seven miles from the luxurious Manhattan hotel where the alleged incident occurred. As a result of the incident, Strauss-Kahn spent six nights in custody and then resigned his position.
The scandal arose from an incident on May 14, 2011, “when Diallo, 33, told police Straus-Kahn attacked her at the Sotifel Hotel. She said he emerged naked from the bathroom of his $3,000 a night suite and forced her to perform oral sex.”
The police were barely able to arrest Strauss-Kahn before he left the country. He was already seated on a plane at John F. Kennedy International Airport when the police finally caught up to him.
At the time, Strauss-Kahn was the head of the world’s most influential financial organizations and even had aspirations of running for president of France. As a result of the scandal, however, he was forced to resign his position and lost his political chances despite being the one time front-runner for the Socialist party.
Prosecutors believed that DNA evidence would result in criminal charges, but those were dropped amid concerns of Diallo’s credibility. Apparently she had some inconsistencies in her account following the incident.
Despite the lack of criminal charges, Strauss-Kahn’s troubles only increased after the scandal. A wave of other accusations flooded Strauss-Kahn, often referred to as the “great seducer” in French political circles.
Strauss-Khan had admitted that he had a sexual encounter with Diallo, but claimed that it was intentional. He even filed a $1 million countersuit against Diallo for defamation.
Strauss-Khan is now awaiting the results of another court that will greatly affect his future. A French court is deciding whether or not he has to stand trial on pimping charges related to sex parties he attended with prostitutes.
These kind of sensational headlines are often enough to sink even the most promising careers. While it seems that Strauss-Kahn’s career has taken a significant blow, he hasn’t thrown in the towel just yet. Strauss-Khan is slowly attempting to revamp his career by giving speeches at private conferences and setting up a consulting firm in Paris.
Perhaps his biggest hurdle will be the decision by the French court on his potential pimping charges which is set for December 19th.