March 28th, 2012
05:33 AM ET

Strauss-Kahn lawyers to argue immunity to dismiss civil sex assault case

Lawyers for former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn are expected to argue in a New York court Wednesday that a hotel maid's lawsuit accusing him of sexual assault should be thrown out because his then-job gave him immunity from civil cases.

Strauss-Kahn has denied Nafissatou Diallo's allegations that he sexually assaulted her, but nonetheless resigned as head of the powerful organization days after he was arrested last May.

The criminal case against Strauss-Kahn fell apart last year before it even reached a courtroom when New York prosecutors cited credibility issues with Diallo.

In September, Strauss-Kahn told French television station TF1 that what happened with the maid in a luxury New York hotel suite was a "moral weakness," but denied any violence or aggression.

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  1. Scottish Mama

    Just wondering when his wife will get a clue.

    March 28, 2012 at 5:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Changing My Name

      @Scottish Mama:
      Many women would overlook their men's unsavory behavior to keep the lifestyle they are accustomed to.
      Sounds like the missus may be one of them.

      March 28, 2012 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Changing My Name

      @Scottish Mama:
      Many women would overlook their men's bad behavior to keep the lifestyle they are accustomed to.
      Sounds like the missus may be one of them.

      March 28, 2012 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  2. Immunity?

    Who does Strauss-Kahn think he is? God's little helper? (Israeli MOSSAD)

    March 28, 2012 at 6:51 am | Report abuse |
  3. Diplo Immune

    Oh, that's right. You can get diplomatic immunity in NYC. Like those Israeli MOSSAD agents busted in a white van on Washington Bridge with high-tech cameras aimed at the Trade Towers...before they turned to dust. The FBI took the case, and the mossad agents were released. Jerusalem reported that Palestinians had been arrested in that van! Strauss-Kahn will skate.

    March 28, 2012 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
  4. Strauss-Con

    You can't throw me in jail! I thought it was a freebie for crying out loud. Now, if I had actually paid...

    March 28, 2012 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mrs. Sandusky

    @Scottish Mama. Tell me about it. No, really. Tell me all about why we would think of what Mrs. Srauss-Kahn knew or didn't know... but not of Mrs. Sandusky's knowledge/experiences in her husbands affairs?. Waterboard Mrs. Sandusky. 🙂

    March 28, 2012 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      She must really know something now, eh? I mean NYC, then another woman came forward in Italy and now his pimping. Now he has admitted to Moral weakness, she has to know.
      They are not talking about Sandusky. But if a woman (Mrs. Sandusky) condoned the acts or had knowledge of his raping children, I know someone has a special spot for her in H3LL.

      March 28, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    I laughed at the pimp charge yesterday...things seem to bounce off this guy as if he were made of rubber.

    Iti don't see a civil suit going very far, either.

    March 28, 2012 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  7. Black Ratt

    Wow!! This rich guy gives me more reasons to wanna be rich

    March 28, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  8. fernace

    While Nafissatou Diallo may have lied to get into this country, I think her account of what happened in the hotel suite is true, more so than his! He is a well known lothario & now that he's been "demoted" it's all catching up w/him! He truly needs to pay for his attrocious treatment of women, but I don't think a court of law will do the trick, so to speak(wink)!!

    March 28, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  9. BOMBO ©

    Oh well. He's French.

    March 28, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Captain Kirk

      Actually he is superhuman and once ruled over a quarter of the earth. That was before he was exhiled from the planet. 😉

      March 28, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    A country bumpkin family from Alabama decide to take a trip to the Big Apple for the first time in their lives. Maw, Paw and son. They go to the empire state building. While walking around in there, they notice the elevator, which they have never seen before. As they stand there staring at it, an old lady in a wheel chair rolls up, presses the button, the door opens, the lady enters and the door closes. They wach intently as numbers light up as the elevator rises and the come down again.
    When the door opens, out walks this beautiful blonde.
    Paw says, " Quick son, push your Maw on in there.

    March 28, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  11. BOMBO ©

    A group is visiting the USA from (insert foreign country here). They are having a great time going around, seeing the sights, taking in the atmosphere, except for one thing – they are afraid to try American food. They have spent their vacation eating only ethnic food from their own country at the few restaurants they can find. Finally, after a lot of drinking one night, they all get the courage to try. They drunkenly all line up at a hot dog stand. The first couple of them get their hot dogs, unwrap them, and look down horrified. Finally, one of them looks at the other and asks "What part did you get?"

    March 28, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat) ©

      @BOMBO ©
      I like that one.

      March 28, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    Better to read these jokes than to think about where DS-K's hot dog has been.....

    March 28, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |

    A old demonic BLACK AMERICA has arisen from both the antebellum and hiphop nation and is based on stereotypical images of low class , poverty stricken and criminally prone blacks (HOOTIE) and has replace the black human population which had been sacrifice during the black holocaust 1968-1993 Under racial profiling many black americans were arrested and were either martyred within the prison system or were deported to AFRICA where many of them were martyred there and were buried in mass graves in both the SUDAN and in the CONGO and it was this act as well as the rise of the hiphop nation is what has contribute to the black holocaust.

    March 28, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. James

    This is the very reason why I leave my private parts at home when I go out without my wife....

    March 28, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. DefyTheGods

    DSK is such a party animal! Imagine partying with this dude! We can judge him all we want, but I'm sure DSK will lie in his death bed one day thinking of how he lived his life to the fullest. DSK is simply being true to himself! Party on, DSK!!!

    March 28, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |