The woman who says Dominique Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her while she worked as a housekeeper at the Sofitel Hotel told a group of reporters today that she cries every day, but she continues to pursue the prosecution against the former International Monetary Fund director because her daughter asked her to. "I said, I promise I’ll be strong for you and for every other woman in the world," Nafissatou Diallo said "I'm going through a lot. My daughter's going through a lot. We are crying every day. We can't sleep." Diallo continued, "what happened to me, I don't want it to happen to any other woman." She took no questions, and a cluster of reporters followed her from the room after she finished her remarks.
Diallo's lawyer, Kenneth Thompson, said afterward that it was not clear whether Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance would pursue the prosecution against Strauss-Kahn, but that he would pursue a civil case. "We’re going to hold Dominique Strauss-Kahn accountable, whether it’s in a criminal courtroom or a civil courtroom, and that’s a fact," he said. "What she wants is justice. And if the prosecutors are not going to get her justice, then we have to." He wouldn't say when he planned to bring a lawsuit against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, but said it would be "soon."