Judge to Rule Later on DSK Civil Suit

Criminal charges were dropped last year, but the maid is seeking monetary damages.

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    Former IMF Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn

    A judge says he won't rule immediately on whether to dismiss a Manhattan hotel maid's lawsuit alleging that Dominique Strauss-Kahn sexually assaulted her.

    Bronx state Supreme Court Justice Douglas McKeon heard arguments Wednesday in the housekeeper's civil case.

    She says Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her in his hotel suite in May. Strauss-Kahn has denied doing anything violent during the encounter.

    DSK Maid Makes Public Statement [Raw]

    [NY] DSK Maid Makes Public Statement [Raw]
    Last month before prosecutors moved to dismiss the case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, his accuser, Nafissatou Diallo, made her first public appearance. See her statement here.

    Prosecutors dropped related criminal charges last summer.

    Strauss-Kahn's lawyers say the civil suit also should be dismissed. They say he has diplomatic immunity from the suit because of his former post as head of the International Monetary Fund. He resigned shortly after his arrest.

    The maid's lawyers say the immunity claim is off-base. They note that it relies on a United Nations agreement the U.S. didn't sign.