(Watch part of Diallo’s interview with ABC here.)
Nafissatou Diallo, the hotel maid who has accused Dominque Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault, is speaking publicly about the case to Newsweek and ABC’s Robin Roberts, a risky move, according to legal experts.
Diallo alleges that she entered the suite of the former head of the IMF May 14, to find Strauss-Kahn naked. After apologizing, Diallo alleges that he grabbed her breasts. “I said, ‘Sir, stop this. I don’t want to lose my job,’ ” Diallo told Newsweek. “He said, ‘You’re not going to lose your job.’ ”
Diallo alleges that Strauss-Kahn tried to force his penis into her mouth, but she resisted and told him that her supervisor was nearby. She said he eventually forced her to her knees and made her perform oral sex.
“I was spitting,” Diallo said of the moments after the alleged assault. “I run. I run out of there. I don’t turn back. I run to the hallway. I was so nervous; I was so scared. I didn’t want to lose my job.” Diallo said she then resumed her cleaning duties, and was later found by her supervisor “shaken and upset” in the hallway, according to Newsweek.
Strauss-Kahn was arrested, charged with sexual assault and placed under house arrest in May. His attorney said the encounter was consensual. In early July, he was released without bail after prosecutors said they found inconsistencies in Diallo’s story.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s office would not comment on the interviews. Strauss-Kahn’s legal team said the interviews’s “obvious purpose is to inflame public opinion against a defendant in a pending criminal case.”
Diallo’s interview with Roberts appeared on Monday’s “Good Morning America,” and will appear on Monday’s “World News with Diane Sawyer” and Tuesday’s ”Nightline.”
Legal experts told the Associated Press that the interviews could both help and hurt Diallo’s case. It gives her a platform to tell her side of the story, but also sets her version of events in stone and may make it appear that she’s after money and fame.
“God is my witness I'm telling the truth,” Diallo told ABC. “From my heart. God knows that. And he knows that.”
Read the entire Newsweek interview here.