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Attorney: Audiotape of Dominique Strauss-Kahn Accuser Misrepresented

HeadlineJul 28, 2011

The New York City hotel maid who accused former International Monetary Fund chief, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, of attempting to rape her met with prosecutors on Wednesday, just days after she began publicly speaking out about the case. Nafissatou Diallo, an immigrant from the African nation of Guinea, has sought to convince prosecutors to press ahead with the case after doubts emerged about her credibility. Diallo’s attorney, Kenneth Thompson, said a widely publicized audiotape of Diallo had been erroneously reported.

Kenneth Thompson: “For almost a month, we have been told that the victim was captured on a recording saying, about Dominique Strauss-Kahn, quote, 'He has a lot of money, and I know what to do.' For the last several hours, we have been upstairs listening to that tape, and that tape shows that the victim never said the words 'He has a lot of money, and I know what to do.' Her sole—her primary focus was on what happened to her, how she was coping with the fact that she had almost been raped.”

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