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Strauss-Kahn's accuser's offered to halt criminal case if civil settlement is reached

August 20, 2011 - New York

A lawyer representing the New York hotel maid who had dragged the former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss Kahn to court for sexually assaulting her, has said his client is ready to halt criminal case against Kahn if a civil settlement is reached.

The Daily Mail has quoted sources as saying that Kenneth Thompson, the attorney for Sofitel Hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo, has initiated discussions with Strauss-Kahn's lawyers after serious weaknesses in the prosecution's case began to emerge.

However, the source added that no settlement has been reached, and added that prosecutors are examining the allegation.

Thompson and Diallo have publicly urged prosecutors to pursue the criminal case despite questions raised about Diallo's credibility, adding that the next court hearing in the case is set for Tuesday.

Sources familiar with the matter have claimed that earlier this month, the prosecutors requested Thompson to supply them with information about any settlement negotiations.

Thompson, who filed a civil suit against Strauss-Kahn on Diallo's behalf last week, said in an email that claims about the settlement negotiations were 'false', and added: "We look forward to trying this case before a jury."

In her civil lawsuit, Diallo is seeking unspecified monetary damages.


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