Maid in Strauss-Kahn Affair Says|NY Post Defamed Her as Hooker

BRONX, N.Y. (CN) – The hotel maid who says she was sexually assaulted by Dominique Strauss-Kahn claims the New York Post defamed her in three articles which “stated as a fact that the plaintiff is a ‘prostitute,’ ‘hooker,’ ‘working girl,’ and/or ‘routinely traded sex for money with male guests’ of the Sofitel hotel” in Manhattan.




     Plaintiff N.D. also sued five Post reporters, in Bronx County Court. She claims: “Defendants also falsely stated in the New York Post that the plaintiff recently engaged in acts of prostitution with various men at a hotel located in Brooklyn following the sexual assault and while under the protection of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and that she ‘was turning tricks on the taxpayers’ dime.’ All of these statements are false, have subjected the plaintiff to humiliation, scorn and ridicule throughout the world by falsely portraying her as a prostitute or as a woman who trades her body for money and they constitute defamation and libel per se.
     Defendants include Post reporters Laura Italiano, Brad Hamilton, Larry Celona, Cathy Burke and Gary Buiso.
     The events described in the 17-page complaint made world headlines. Dominique Strauss-Kahn, then head of the International Monetary Fund and expected to be Socialist Party nominee for the French presidency, was arrested as he prepared to take a plane out of the country on May 14. The plaintiff claims Strauss-Kahn sexually assaulted her as she tried to clean his hotel room.
     Strauss-Kahn was released from custody, and the case appears near collapse after N.D. was alleged to have told a series of conflicting stories about, among other things, how she gained admission to the United States. N.D. is a native of Guinea.
     By the time the charges were dropped, Strauss-Kahn’s political career was in tatters in France, as several other women had come forward with stories accusing him of tasteless predations.
     N.D. claims the Post published defamatory stories about her on July 2, 3, and 4.
          The July 2 Page 1 story ran under the headline: “DSK Maid a Hooker.” She claims other Post headlines that day stated that (She) “Took Care of Guests on the Side”, and “Maid Cleaning Up As Hooker.”
     She says the Post knew or should have known the headlines were false before it published them.
     A July 3 Post Page 1 headline claims she “Saw Johns While in DA Protection,” N.D. says. She claims another Page 1 headline that day stated: “DSK ‘Refused to Pay’ Hooker Maid for Sex.” She says the Post also referred to her that day as “The infamous Sofitel maid/hooker.”
     N.D. seeks punitive damages for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress. She is represented by Kenneth Thompson with Thompson Wigdor.

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