الثلاثاء، 24 مايو، 2011

Strauss-Kahn 'rape victim' is suffering extraordinary trauma, says lawyer

By Daily Mail Reporter
The hotel maid who Dominique Strauss-Kahn allegedly tried to rape is struggling to cope with the 'extraordinary trauma' of her ordeal, her lawyer said today.
Jeffrey Shapiro said the single mother, who has a 15-year-old daughter, is due to see a counsellor and has been unable to go home or back to work amid a storm of global media attention.

She was unaware of Mr Strauss-Khan's identity until a friend phoned her a day after the attack.

Mr Shapiro said: ' 'Her world has been turned upside down. 'She had no idea who he was': The Guinean maid who Dominique Strass Khan, above, allegedly tired to rape was told be a friend he was head of the IMF

'This is a person who was a hardworking woman, she's a single mother supporting a 15-year-old young woman. They live together.

'And she was grateful to have a job, through which she could provide food and shelter for the two of them.'

'Since this has occurred, she's not been able to go home, can't go back to work. She's no idea what her future is going to be, in any respect.

'So aside from what took place in the hotel room, the trauma that has taken place in her life is extraordinary.'

The 32-year-old maid was born in Guinea, west Africa, and had worked at the Sofitel for the last three years, Mr Shapiro said.

'She didn't have any idea who he was or have any prior dealings with this guy,' added Shapiro, a personal injury lawyer.
'A friend called her and said "'do you have any idea who this guy is?"' Shapiro said.

Prosecutors have accused Strauss-Kahn, 62, of attacking the maid when she entered his suite, apparently unaware it was occupied, at the luxury Sofitel hotel near Times Square.

They say he said he had sexually assaulted the maid, attempted to rape her and then, when unsuccessful, forced her to perform oral sex on him.


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