Sofitel affair: DSK accused of "targeted violence against women"

The cancellation of the procedure would be to the end of legal troubles in France as to the former Socialist presidential favorite, nine days after the epilogue of the Diallo case in the United States.

A new load now weighs on the former head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Dominique Strauss-Kahn in the lawsuit that it filed a civil Nafissatou Diallo, in the case of sexual assault at the Sofitel New York. The concept of targeted violence against women has been added to the complaint, according to a copy that has procured AFP Wednesday.

Nafissatou Diallo's lawyers will write that their client was attacked in May 2011 "because she is a woman, and at least in part, because [that Dominique Strauss-Kahn] is hostile to women." Lawyers denounce including "misogynist behavior repeated" Dominique Strauss-Kahn to the opposite sex and accused him of "repeated violent behavior toward women."

This addition is based on a New York law on "violence motivated by gender", aims to facilitate the introduction of the civil trial of elements related to other alleged sexual assault of ex-boss IMF, say some experts.


Earlier this month, the judge assigned to the case of the Bronx, Douglas McKeon, had rejected the request for classification of the civil complaint, rejecting the idea that Dominique Strauss-Kahn last year was protected by absolute immunity as IMF chief.

Since then, Ms. Diallo's lawyers are firing on all cylinders. They called last week access to the entire record of the prosecutor in charge of the criminal proceedings, abandoned in August 2011, to the police, medical authorities or a taxi company. McKeon The judge still has to sign these requests and a meeting is provided for this purpose on June 11, the court in the Bronx. The judge had said in early May that it set a target to complete the preparations for the civil trial within fifteen months.

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