DSK paid maid $1.5 mn

Last Updated: Mon, Jan 21, 2013 06:23 hrs

London: Shamed former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn had paid 950,000 pounds to the New York hotel cleaner who has accused him of trying to rape her.

Kahn and chambermaid Nafissatou Diallo reached the deal to end all legal action for sexual assault against him in the U.S.

According to the Daily Mail, the 30-year-old chambermaid then paid 320,000 pounds in legal fees, leaving her a settlement of 630,000 pounds, the Sunday paper reported.

Kahn, once tipped as a future president of France, was arrested in May 2011 for trying to rape Guinea immigrant Diallo when she came to clean his suite in New York's Sofitel hotel.

He was charged with attempted rape, sexual abuse, a criminal sexual act, unlawful imprisonment and forcible touching and held at the city's notorious Ryker's Island prison, the report said.

Kahn had claimed Diallo had consented to sex, but later described the encounter as 'a moral failure' that he would regret his whole life.

All charges were then dropped a month later over concerns about the housekeeper's credibility.

She went on to file a civil case against him for what she called a 'violent and sadistic attack' that humiliated and degraded her, and 'robbed her of her dignity as a woman'.

Strauss-Kahn also faces legal woes in France, where he returned after criminal charges were dropped, only to face similar accusations of sexually abusing a young French writer.

He now is accused of conspiring with pimps to procure girls for sex parties around the world, and of knowing fraudulently obtained money was being paid to the prostitutes.

Strauss-Kahn confessed to attending many group sex sessions, but insisted he did not know the young women were hookers and that he often had sex with 'willing girls' in their 20s, the report said.

He is now under 'judicial control' on 385,000 bail until judges rule later this year on whether he should stand trial over the accusations, it added.

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