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Erik Wemple
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Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 07/25/2011

New York Post’s DSK reporting: Yet shakier

More trouble for the New York Post’s reporting on the DSK accuser.

The first round of trouble came with the revelation that the New York Post was sent information challenging the credibility of its only source for the contention that the DSK accuser was working as a prostitute when she cleaned rooms in the Sofitel Hotel.

Now, Round 2: Information that just surfaced in a Newsweek story raises questions about another New York Post story on the accuser’s alleged conduct. This story hit the streets a day after the initial piece about prostitution in the Sofitel. It told of the accuser’s “turning tricks” while she was in a hotel on the dime of the New York City taxpayer. Here’s some copy for you:

The Sofitel maid who accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of a sex attack in his suite wasn’t just a hotel hooker — she continued to work as a prostitute in a Brooklyn hotel where she was stashed by prosecutors, The Post has learned.

The rest of the story basically repeats the same story over and over: That the accuser had various “encounters” with men over the course of their stays in this hotel. That men would come and go often. That the accuser received some jewelry.

Yet this week’s Newsweek blockbuster throws a wrench into that narrative. It injects another, rather important, figure into the story about her protective hotel stay: “Later she was housed in a hotel with her daughter for weeks, almost incommunicado, neither of them allowed cell phones after they were placed in protective custody by prosecutors.”

A source close to the woman, whom Newsweek identified as Nafissatou Diallo, confirms that her daughter has been with her throughout the aftermath of the Sofitel incident with Dominique Strauss-Kahn. The New York Post account doesn’t even mention the daughter, showing no awareness that she was even part of the picture.

So how would Diallo have pulled off all this prostitution with her daughter in tow? Stashed her in the bathroom? Sent her down the hall to fetch a bucket of ice?

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