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Maid's lawyer makes TV appeal for 'victims' to come forward if abused by Strauss-Kahn

June 9, 2011 - PARIS

The lawyer representing the maid who accused former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape has appeared on French television to appeal to other women with claims against him to come forward.

"If there is any woman out there, whether in France or in Africa, who has been sexually assaulted or sexually abused by Dominique Strauss-Kahn, I ask them to please call me," The Telegraph quoted Kenneth Thompson, as saying.

"My law firm champions the rights of people who are taken advantage of all over the world. And so we take this case because we feel that no woman should be sexually assaulted anywhere," he added.

Thompson believes any victims who can describe similar attacks could help bolster the maid's case.

Strauss-Kahn, 62, is charged with attempting to rape the maid, and forcing her to give him oral sex, after she arrived to clean his suite at the Manhattan hotel.

During his first court hearing, prosecutors said there was evidence he had "engaged in conduct similar to the conduct alleged in this complaint on at least one other occasion".

For his trial, however, they will need to convince the judge that references to Strauss-Kahn's past activities are justified because they point to a specific pattern of behaviour or type of alleged assault.

Outside the New York Supreme court, Thompson said such a pattern would be established to dismiss suggestions by Strauss-Kahn's defense that the maid consented to sex.


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