The lawyer Dominique Strauss-Kahn on Monday urged the classification of the civil complaint filed in New York by Nafissatou Diallo, the Guinean maid who accused the former head of the IMF of sexual assault.
"They ask the classification of the complaint," he told AFP a judicial source in New York court in the Bronx, in charge of the case. Justice Douglas McKeon will now have to decide on this request.
DSK's lawyers had to answer on or before September 26 that the civil complaint filed Aug. 8 by Mrs. Diallo.
Judge McKeon had given them, at their request, over 18 days from the original date of September 8, explaining that when the civil complaint was filed, former IMF chief "was the subject of criminal proceedings and logically focused "on this procedure.
The criminal proceedings were discontinued on 23 August, mainly because of doubts about the credibility of Diallo Nafissatou. Civil procedure is ongoing, both of which are completely independent.
It will take years, said Monday the AFP David Rankin, a civil lawyer who sometimes works in the Bronx.
In the civil complaint, counsel for Nafissatou Diallo asked for damages in unspecified amounts, for the assault "violent and sadistic" the maid in the wake of Sofitel New York occupied by Dominique Strauss-Kahn May 14
Aggression is told in detail.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn during a television interview in France, said Sept. 18 that he had "no intention of negotiating" in the civil proceedings, as is the case in most civil proceedings United States.
In this interview, he acknowledged a "moral error" but said there had been no violence, but did not give details on ciconstances the brief sexual relationship he had had that day with the maid he did not know.