The hotel housekeeper who has accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexually assaulting her sued him in State Supreme Court in the Bronx on Monday, seeking unspecified damages for an attack that she said “humiliated, degraded, violated and robbed” her of “her dignity as a woman.”
The timing of the lawsuit was unusual for cases that also involve criminal prosecutions; typically, accusers will wait until a criminal matter is resolved before proceeding with a civil action.
Nonetheless, the action seemed noteworthy for its choice of jurisdiction, the Bronx. The housekeeper, Nafissatou Diallo, lives there, and jurors in that borough may be more sympathetic to an African woman’s claims against a powerful Frenchman than jurors would be in Manhattan, where the encounter occurred. The lawsuit was also noteworthy for its smattering of new details in the case.