Image via WikipediaThe 32-year-old Guinean housekeeper at the Sofitel who accused former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn of rape is suing The New York Post over a series of articles published July 2-4 that allege she solicited male guests at the hotel for prostitution.
As reported by Reuters and ABA Journal Law News Now, the housekeeper filed suit against the tabloid in state court in the Bronx, claiming reports by the Post that she "was doing double duty as a prostitute, collecting cash on the side from male guests" were false and defamatory. A Post headline about the woman read: "Maid cleaning up as 'hooker.'" The Wall St. Journal reports that authorities have found no evidence that the housekeeper engaged in prostitution, but the Post has not backed down.
The district attorney's case against Strauss-Kahn has collapsed amid reports that called the complainant's credibility into question, including allegations that she fabricated a claim about being gang-raped on her application for U.S. asylum and purportedly told her incarcerated boy friend in a recorded telephone conversation about the benefits of pressing her claim against Strauss-Kahn.