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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