Strauss-Kahn Accuser Sues New York Post

Her lawyers say report that she's a prostitute is libelous
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 5, 2011 1:23 PM CDT
Maid in Strauss-Kahn Case Sue New York Post for Libel Over Prostitute Report
French author Tristane Banon gets into her car after leaving her lawyer's office in Paris Tuesday. She says DSK tried to rape her during a book interview.   (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

(Newser) – The Dominique Strauss-Kahn case in New York City may disappear soon, but the DSK headlines keep coming. The maid who accused him of rape is suing the New York Post for reporting that she was a prostitute, notes Reuters. The stories were "an apparent desperate attempt to bolster its rapidly plunging sales," say her lawyers. The Post alleged that the woman worked as a prostitute at the Sofitel Hotel and was continuing to work as a prostitute even while stashed away in a Brooklyn hotel by prosecutors.

"All of these statements are false, have subjected the plaintiff to humiliation, scorn, and ridicule throughout the world by falsely portraying her as a prostitute or as a woman who trades her body for money and they constitute defamation and libel per se," says the suit. In France, meanwhile, author Tristane Banon filed her suit against DSK today alleging that he attempted to rape her during an interview, reports CNN. He is suing her for slander in return. (Read more Dominique Strauss Kahn stories.)

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