Strauss-Kahn Pals Offered to Pay Off Accuser's Kin

Plus: IMF head allegedly told victim: 'Don't you know who I am?'
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 24, 2011 8:18 AM CDT
In this April 16, 2011 file photo, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn arrives for a news conference in Washington.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)

(Newser) – Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s friends are reportedly hoping enough money can convince the maid he allegedly raped to drop the case—but because she’s in protective custody, they’ve instead made the pitch to her extended family, who live in an impoverished West African village, a French businesswoman close to Strauss-Kahn tells the New York Post. “They already talked with her family,” she said. “For sure, it’s going to end up on a quiet note.”

The average monthly income in the village is just $45, and Strauss-Kahn’s allies are reportedly offering a seven-figure payday. But take it all with a grain of salt: The Post doesn't specify exactly how said pals managed to get in contact with the family, considering their village in Guinea is void of paved roads and telephones. Meanwhile, police gave Fox News a more detailed account of the alleged incident, saying that Strauss-Kahn shouted, “Don’t you know who I am?!” at the maid over and over while he held her down. She begged him to stop saying, “Please stop. I need my job.” The IMF head allegedly replied, “No, baby. Don’t worry, you’re not going to lose your job.”

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