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Maid prepares to face Strauss-Kahn in court

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Summary of story from Sky News, June 6, 2011

The hotel maid who accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape is preparing to face him in court.

Strauss-Kahn, former head of the International Monetary Fund, arrived at a pre-trial hearing in Manhattan yesterday accompanied by his wife who has pledged to clear his name (see WVoN story).

Upon arrival Strauss-Kahn was faced with heckling from a group of maids including members of the New York housekeeping union.

He appeared in court to deny seven charges, including attempted rape, following what prosecutors say was a brutal assault on a 32-year-old woman in his luxury suite at Manhattan’s Sofitel on May 14.

The maid’s lawyer, Kenneth Thompson, said his client was a hard-working single mother speaking up for women all over the world.

He said: “All of Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s power, money and influence will not stop the truth of what he did to her in that hotel room from coming out.

“She is going to come into this courthouse, get into that witness stand and tell the world what (he) did to her.”

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