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Dominique Strauss-Kahn sex lawsuit allowed to go forward

Nafissatou Diallo, the hotel maid who accused former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault, spoke to ABC News.

May 1, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
The sexual assault lawsuit against former French presidential hopeful Dominique Strauss-Kahn will be allowed to move forward, a judge ruled Tuesday.

The judge ruled that Strauss-Kahn, also the former International Monetary Fund chief, did not have a claim to diplomatic immunity.

The suit was filed by Nafissatou Diallo, a hotel maid. She claims Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her when she went to clean his Manhattan suite last May. Diallo's claim was one of many relating to Strauss-Kahn's sexual behavior, which doomed his political career.

Criminal charges against Strauss-Kahn were dropped last summer after prosecutors began doubting Diallo's trustworthiness after she lied about her background and actions following the alleged incident.

Strauss-Kahn has denied doing anything violent during his encounter with Diallo.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.