More Victims? One of the most notable parts of the document posted online by The Wall Street Journal is its indication that Diallo knows of other women who Strauss-Kahn allegedly assaulted.
Incriminating Call: The civil complaint describes Strauss-Kahn's departure from the hotel as fleeing "like a common criminal." It then refers to an incriminating call he allegedly made to his wife, Anne Sinclair, in Paris.
The minutes afterward: The district attorney's office has said Diallo changed her story about what happened after the alleged assault, originally claiming to have reported it immediately, but then admitting to cleaning another room afterward. But the suit says she didn't waver.
Financial Hardship: The lawsuit makes repeated references to an alleged act of forced oral sex between Strauss-Kahn and Diallo, describing in graphic detail her version of how the assault occurred. It also details her injuries, including bruising around her vagina, where she says Strauss-Kahn grabbed her, and something torn inside her shoulder. Thompson had already made these allegations informally, outside court on July 1. The suit says the alleged assault "has caused, and continues to cause, Ms. Diallo to suffer great emotional distress, humiliation, depression and physical pain and suffering." Later, in its causes of action, Diallo says she is still paying.
Why in the Bronx? Well, Diallo lives in the Bronx. But a Reuters story last week quoted some lawyers saying she's more likely to get a friendly jury there than in Manhtattan.
Bronx juries' reputation for generosity toward plaintiffs is so ingrained that it has been dubbed the "Bronx effect."
"The Bronx civil jury is the greatest tool of wealth redistribution since the Red Army," said Ron Kuby, a well-known New York defense lawyer. "As a purported socialist, DSK should applaud the venue."
The Bronx reputation may be overstated. A study in published in the 2002 Texas Law Review found no evidence Bronx juries deliver bigger awards than other New York counties.
Still, the notion persists that the Bronx gives otherwise powerless plaintiffs their best hope for a big payout.
Why Now? The New York Times story about the suit included a quote from Thompson on why he decided to file while the criminal case hangs in limbo.
Asked about the timing of the lawsuit, Mr. Thompson said, “Ms. Diallo has filed her lawsuit now because she wants to vindicate her rights and hold Dominique Strauss-Kahn accountable for the violent and deplorable acts that he committed against her.”
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