DSK Legal Defense to Mirror NY Post Slander

 Remember when the New York Post published stories about Nafi Diallo accusing her of prostitution? And that they cited sources from the defense team? If so, this should come as no surprise:

It has been expected that Strauss-Kahn’s team would attempt to portray the hotel incident as a consensual encounter. Now sources familiar with Strauss-Kahn’s case, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, say the defense could speculate that the encounter went bad when housekeeper Nafissatou Diallo discovered she would not receive any money after oral sex with the powerful Frenchman. Strauss-Kahn’s team may also try to portray Diallo, 32, as an “earner” who tried to pick up cash and gifts to supplement her $40,000 housekeeper’s salary, creating a financial motive to interpret some of the evidence in a new light.

Newsweek reports DSK's legal team has been interviewing West African immigrants in Diallo's community, looking for ways to trump up their defense that Diallo was willing to do anything to help support her teenaged daughter. Even so, main defense lawyer William Taylor remains confident that the case will be dismissed August 23, when a judge is expected to rule whether it will go forward—despite a preponderance of evidence supporting Diallo's account of the hotel rape. 

Diallo's lawyer disputes the accusation, calling it "utter nonsense and a desperate attempt to smear an innocent woman." Diallo is suing the NY Post for libel after it published several reports that she was a "prostitute." Meanwhile, the paper continues its misogynistic campaign against her, recently running a disgusting pieceabout an outfit she wore to speak in a Brooklyn church that was riddled with racist and sexist undertones. (Read it on an empty stomach.)

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at August 15, 2011, 6:03am

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