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July 24, 2011

Accuser in Strauss-Kahn's NYC sex case speaks out

NEW YORK — The hotel maid accusing Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexually assaulting her in a Manhattan hotel room shattered her silence Sunday, saying in a published report that the former International Monetary Fund leader grabbed and attacked her as she implored him to stop.

"I said, 'Sir, stop this. I don't want to lose my job.' He said, 'You're not going to lose your job,'" Nafissatou Diallo told Newsweek in a cover story posted online Sunday. ABC News said it will broadcast an interview with her on three of its programs Monday.

"I push him. I get up. I wanted to scare him. I said, 'Look, there is my supervisor right there,'" she told Newsweek. But Strauss-Kahn said no one was there to hear, she said, and he went on to yank up her uniform dress, tear down her pantyhose, forcefully grab her crotch and then grip her head and force her to perform oral sex.

Strauss-Kahn denies the attempted rape and other charges, and his lawyers called the interviews "an unseemly circus" designed to inflame public opinion.?

Diallo had rebuffed media attempts to interview her since Strauss-Kahn's May 14 arrest. Her name had been reported by some French media outlets but not by major U.S. media, which generally protect the identities of people who say they've been sexually assaulted.

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