NEW YORK (Reuters) - Lawyers for the hotel maid who accused formerInternational Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexualassault asked a judge on Friday for permission to seek a wide arrayof investigative documents from law enforcement agencies. Nafissatou Diallo's lawyers also seek evidence of leaks to themedia, asking for any "statements made by the to the press and/ormedia, whether on or off the record.'" Any information generated by the proposed subpoenas would be usedby Diallo in the civil lawsuit she filed against Strauss-Kahn inBronx Supreme Court last summer. Strauss-Kahn filed a $1 million countersuit this week, allegingdefamation and other claims. In May 2010 Diallo accused Strauss-Kahn of attacking her in hismidtown Manhattan hotel suite. After he was arrested, Strauss-Kahnresigned from his post as IMF managing director and abandoned hisplans to seek the French presidency, though prosecutors eventuallydropped the case after developing doubts about Diallo'struthfulness. |
"We're looking forward to gathering the evidence and demonstratingnot only that the district attorney's office made a mistake indismissing the case, but ultimately proving Ms. Diallo'sallegations and holding Mr. Strauss-Kahn accountable for hisactions," said Douglas Wigdor, one of Diallo's attorneys. The Manhattan District Attorney's Office did not immediatelycomment on the matter Friday afternoon. The latest motion from Diallo's lawyers seeks investigative notes,medical records, interviews with witnesses and other documents fromthe district attorney's office, the New York City Police Departmentand the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, all of whoinvestigated the incident.
One portion of the subpoenas is designed to ferret out the originof damaging news stories that reported Diallo had told an inmate ata detention facility in Arizona she was after Strauss-Kahn's money. The subpoenas request copies of the phone calls between Diallo anda fellow Guinean native, Amara Tarawally, from U.S. Immigration andCustoms Enforcement. They also seek any records of communicationsbetween the district attorney's office and The New York Times,which reported that Diallo had referred to Strauss-Kahn's wealthwhile speaking with Tarawally in a Guinean dialect.
Diallo's lawyers have rejected that account, saying that atranslator who listened to the recordings during a meeting withprosecutors confirmed that Diallo did not mention his money. (Editing by Xavier Briand ).
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