DSK Maid Says She Never Wanted Money And Her Words Were Mistranslated
Nafissatou Diallo, the maid accusing Dominique Strauss Kahn of rape, is refuting the translation of recordings that imply she was in it for money. After Kenneth Thompson, her lawyer, met with her today, he spoke to reporters refuting the claim that the maid was after Strauss-Kahn's money.
"Information has been put out there about Ms. Diallo that now I know was false. She never was scheming to take DSK's money, and that's a fact," said her attorney, Kenneth Thompson, referring to Strauss-Kahn by his initials. Diallo herself didn't speak to reporters, and the Manhattan District Attorney's office declined to comment on the meeting.
Thompson said he, Diallo, prosecutors and an interpreter spent hours Wednesday on another question that has arisen about her associations and conduct: her recorded conversations with a friend who is being held in an Arizona immigration detention center after pleading guilty in a marijuana case. The two spoke on the recording in Fulani, a West African language.
The news comes as prosecutors are on the brink of throwing out the case. What do they have to say for themeselves?
Now that it appears authorities fed the press incriminating lies about an alleged rape victim, they're feeling much less chatty. Today Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance told reporters they wouldn't discuss the case because:
"This is a pending criminal case. We will have no comment on evidence, or on any meetings between prosecutors and witnesses, civil attorneys, or defense counsel."
Diallo's next hearing date has been postponed from August 1 to August 23, and prosecutors may announce then whether or not they'll be going forward with the case. Thompson called prosecutors "gracious" for agreeing to Diallo's request to hear the recording, but that's just about the last word that comes to mind right now.