May 1st, 2012
01:17 AM ET

Judge to rule whether Strauss-Kahn civil suit should proceed

Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn will learn Tuesday whether a judge will dismiss a civil suit brought against him by the New York hotel housekeeper who accused him of assaulting her last year.

Strauss-Kahn's lawyers asked a judge to dismiss the case in March, arguing Strauss-Kahn had diplomatic immunity.

At the time, Bronx state Supreme Court Justice Douglas McKeon said he would "expeditiously issue a decision" deciding whether the case could proceed.

The ruling will be posted on the court's website about 10 a.m. ET.

Strauss-Kahn headed the IMF, an international organization consisting of 187 member-states with headquarters in Washington, D.C. The IMF provides loans to countries that are suffering economic difficulties.

He resigned his position soon after his arrest by New York police in May 2011, when he was charged with criminally assaulting a housekeeper in a Manhattan hotel suite.

The housekeeper, Nafissatou Diallo, accused Strauss-Kahn of attempting to rape her when she walked into his suite. Police subsequently removed him from an Air France flight about to depart New York's Kennedy Airport and jailed him before his arraignment in criminal court.

The arrest of such a high-profile international political figure who was preparing a presidential run in his native France sparked worldwide media interest. But, the criminal case against Strauss-Kahn was later dropped by New York prosecutors, because of credibility issues they cited in Diallo's account.

"At the end of the day, they did something very courageous by dismissing the case," one of his lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, told CNN's Piers Morgan on Monday night. "It took a lot of guts to do that. It was the right decision. That case was fed by a media frenzy unlike any I've seen."

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    I hope that the civil suit against Strauss-Kahn is dismissed: that housekeeper is digging for gold.
    If the civil case goes to trial. I'd love to be on the jury.
    My feelings about this kind of scam are enhanced because a hotel housekeeper whom I'd never seen tried to say that I'd ex-
    posed myself to her. I think she did it because I have nice suits, and a set of tails was also in the closet.
    Another time, many years ago, I paid a hotel bill in cash. The cashier took the money for herself, then lied that I'd stamped the bill "paid" myself by grabbing the stamp when she wasn't looking. I got the mayor's office to send somebody to the hotel.
    Watch your wallet in hotels.

    May 1, 2012 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    NOT chrissy at 1:26 AM.
    So stop already.

    May 1, 2012 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. revnowwhilewecan

    "Aggravated pimping"?? A charge a lot of western heads of state dream of.
    Leave chrissy alone please. It was cute for a while but it's pretty played out now. Don't you think?

    May 1, 2012 at 4:06 am | Report abuse |