The maid who has accused ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexually assaulting her in a Manhattan hotel room has spoken out publicly for the first time.
Nafissatou Diallo told Newsweek that she wants Strauss-Kahn, once considered a French presidential front-runner, to go to jail for the alleged attack in May.
“They say this guy - I don’t know - and he is going to be the next president of France. And I think, they are going to kill me,” the 32-year-old Bronx mother told Newsweek.
The West African immigrant’s photo appears on the cover of the magazine.
ABC News also says it will carry an exclusive broadcast interview with Diallo on three of its programs, starting Monday.
“I want justice,” Diallo told ABC’s “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts in an interview to air this morning. “I want him [Strauss-Kahn] to know that there is some places you cannot use your money, you cannot use your power when you do something like this.”
Diallo, who was born in Guinea, told the network she had to speak out after prosecutors admitted there were questions about her credibility that could sink the blockbuster case. Strauss-Kahn was freed without bail and lawyers on both sides say it is unlikely he will face serious charges in the case.
Lawyers for Strauss-Kahn told ABC that the interview was “an unseemly circus” that could taint a jury if he ever faces trial.
“God is my witness I’m telling the truth,” she told Roberts. “From my heart, God knows that. And he [Strauss-Kahn] knows that.
This story "Strauss-Kahn Accuser Speaks Out About Alleged Sex Attack" was written by Forward Staff.