July 25th, 2011
10:21 AM ET

Strauss-Kahn accuser: 'I want justice'

The woman accusing former International Monetary Fund Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexually assaulting her insisted she's "telling the truth from my heart," in an interview broadcast Monday.

"I want justice. I want him to go to jail," Nafissatou Diallo told ABC. "I want him to know you cannot use your power when you do something like this."

The 32-year-old hotel maid, whose credibility has been called into question by prosecutors and Strauss-Kahn's lawyers, said she was terrified when she found out how powerful Strauss-Kahn was.

When she saw news reports explaining that the man she was accusing was a leading candidate for the French presidency, "I said, 'Oh, my God.' I was crying. I said, 'They're going to kill me, I'm going to die.'" That's because in her native Guinea, West Africa, accusing "a powerful man like that" would put her life in danger, she said.

Diallo's choice to go public with her accusations in the middle of a pending criminal investigation is extremely unusual. She spoke with both ABC and Newsweek magazine.

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  1. fernace

    She told some sobstory to gov't officials a few years ago, that she'd been gang r.a.p.ed! It was a lie! Now, perhaps this long-in-tooth Don Juan (known in France as the great se.du.cer) did attack her but, like the boy who cried wolf, no1 believes her anymore! That's what pi.ss.es me off when women "cry r.a.p.e." ! It's a hideous crime & those who lie about it lower credibility for every1! Whatever Strauss-Khan did to her, she's basically s.r.e.w.ed herself!!

    July 25, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
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