After Despicable Media Campaign Against Nafissatou Diallo, Charges to Be Dropped Against Dominique Strauss-Kahn

New York prosecutors told Nafissatou Diallo and her lawyers last night that they would recommend her rape case against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn be dropped. Their public response:


The charges were dropped after a protracted smear campaign in the media—specifically the tabloid New York Post—did irrevocable damage to Diallo's reputation, accusing her of being a prostitute, a money-grubber, an opportunist, and other race- and gender-charged victim-blaming. The prosecution, led by District Attorney Cyrus Vance, was said to be skeptical of her credibility, pointing out to the fact that she lied on her immigration application and tax returns—two points completely unrelated to the DSK case, for which there was ample evidence, including DNA.

Today, Diallo supporters are converging upon the steps of City Hall to protest the prosecution's recommendation. 

The New York Times:

Her lawyer, Kenneth P. Thompson, said the motion was “a hatchet job on Ms. Diallo’s credibility.”

“The prosecutors have basically adopted the defense arguments,” he said. “They appear to bend over backwards to try to excuse their decision to run away from this case.”


AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at August 23, 2011, 4:19am

Sign Up!
Get AlterNet's Daily Newsletter in Your Inbox
+ sign up for additional lists
Select additional lists by selecting the checkboxes below before clicking Subscribe:
Election 2018