This week's media blitz by the maid accusing Dominique Strauss-Kahn of rape has seriously jeopardized her own case, sources at the Manhattan district attorney's office tell the New York Post. In a move that many legal analysts described as risky, Nafissatou Diallo shared her rape allegations against the former International Monetary Fund chief with Newsweek and ABC News. "There's so many inconsistencies now it's incredible," said a source. "It's like multiple choice—pick a version." At issue is a conversation Diallo said she had with DSK during their encounter. She told Newsweek that when he emerged naked from the bathroom she said, "Oh, my God. I'm so sorry." And he responded, "You don't have to be sorry. You're beautiful" as he grabbed her breasts. The tell-all interview includes more dialogue between the two, but this conflicts with statements Diallo gave to a hospital counselor hours after the alleged attack in which she said he did not speak. Post sources say there are "many" other discrepancies but they were not mentioned in the article.
According to The New York Times, the decision by Diallo and her legal team to appear in print and on television signals that prosecutors may be giving up on the case. "Lawyers not involved in the case said it was virtually unheard of for someone alleging sexual assault in a highly publicized case to come forward — name, face, and all — to speak to the news media while prosecutors were still investigating," reports The Times. Raymond R. Castello, a defense lawyer and former deputy chief of the Manhattan district attorney's trial division, says, "My expectation is that she’s now speaking to the press because she has an expectation that the prosecution is not going forward with her case.”
This article is from the archive of our partner The Wire.
We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to email@example.com.