May 1st, 2012
11:23 AM ET

Judge denies Strauss-Kahn immunity claim

A New York judge Tuesday rejected claims by former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn that a civil lawsuit against him should be dismissed because he was protected by diplomatic immunity.

Bronx Supreme Court Justice Douglas McKeon denied a motion by Strauss-Kahn's lawyers to dismiss the lawsuit, which was filed by a hotel maid who accused him of sexual assault last year.

A lawyer for the maid, Nafissatou Diallo, said his client was pleased with the decision.

"We are extremely pleased with Judge McKeon's well-reasoned and articulate decision recognizing that Strauss-Kahn is not entitled to immunity," said attorney Douglas H. Wigdor. "We have said all along that Strauss-Kahn's desperate plea for immunity was a tactic designed to delay these proceedings and we now look forward to holding him accountable for the brutal sexual assault that he committed."

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    I do not believe that woman.
    Why would Strauss-Kahn have wanted to ra-
    pe her when he could order the most beautiful call
    girls in Manhattan sent up to his suite?
    She is not attractive.

    May 1, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Copyright infringement? Nah, I got diplomatic blog immunity.

    May 1, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ellen Claire Kowit

    This man is not above the law.

    Let a court decide if he is guilty or not.

    May 1, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      Criminal case was thrown out, you should not be allowed to file a civil suite against a foreign diplomat after the criminal case was dropped. Besides she is a lier, who already ruined his political carrier

      May 1, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ellen Claire Kowit

    Why should he have Diplomatic immunity?

    May 1, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    At first i believed this woman was possibly lying, but now this fools claim for diplomatic immunity is making me think otherwise.

    May 1, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    @ chrissy:
    Separate the issues.
    I don't know whether his position would offer him immunity or not.
    Nevertheless, her lying is unrelated to his having immunity. She was not able to get a criminal conviction.
    I don't believe anything she says.

    May 1, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mickey1313

    Sad, this judge with an axe to grind is putting all us diplomats at risk. If we deny immunity, especially in an obviously fraudulent cases other nations will ignore our diplomats immunity.

    May 1, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |