Lawyer: Taped Chats Prove Hotel Maid Isn't a Liar

No evidence of extortion, says Nafissatou Diallo's lawyer
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 28, 2011 6:29 AM CDT
Nafissatou Diallo, the hotel maid who accused former IMF director Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault, is pushed into a waiting car as she leaves the office of Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Nafissatou Diallo met with New York prosecutors for eight hours yesterday. On the agenda: listening to taped phone calls she had with an African immigrant inmate in an Arizona jail a short time after Dominique Strauss-Kahn allegedly sexually assaulted her, reports the Daily Beast. Diallo's lawyer says that the recordings, made in Diallo's native Fulani language, were consistent with her original testimony and refute reports that have leaked over the past month that claimed she was out to extort money from Strauss-Kahn.

Diallo's lawyer says the tape showed that at least three calls were made over several days; in the first call, he says she told her friend, "I did not know who he was when he attacked me." When the Arizona inmate suggested suing Strauss-Kahn in a subsequent call, Diallo expressed no interest in going that route. Her lawyer also says that the quote that's long been attributed to her—"Don’t worry, this guy has a lot of money. I know what I’m doing"—was nowhere to be found in the recordings. “For nearly a month, information has been leaked to the media that falsely portrays Ms. Diallo as scheming to take Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s money a day after he attempted to rape her,” he says. “But what I heard today shows that Ms. Diallo has been telling the truth from the very beginning."

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