The hotel maid who accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault says she has been through a lot and cries every day.
Nafissatou Diallo made her first public appearance Thursday in Brooklyn, joined by community and religious leaders. She gave a three-minute statement, taking no questions, and said she was speaking out to clear her name and see that her case is pursued.
"What happened to me, I don't want that to happen to any other woman," she said.
Diallo and her attorney met with prosecutors on Wednesday for nearly eight hours. The meeting was the first since the Manhattan District Attorney's office publicly announced they had doubts about the woman's credibility.
Strauss-Kahn was released from house arrest on July 1 after prosecutors said the maid had lied about parts of her past and her account of what happened on May 14.
Diallo said Thursday that she has been devastated by what is being about her.
"I hear a lot of bad things that they're calling me," she said. "That's why I have to be here and let people know that a lot of things they say about me is not true."
She did not get into the specifics of those accusations.
Strauss-Kahn has been charged with attempted rape and other crimes, and denies the charges. His next court date is Aug. 23.