‘Maid in Strauss-Kahn case was working as prostitute’

The Guinean maid, who accused former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault, was working as a prostitute, a media report has claimed.

The New York Post reported that the 32-year-old maid at the Sofitel Hotel was doing double duty as a prostitute, collecting cash on the side from male guests.

"There is information...of her getting extraordinary tips, if you know what I mean," a source close to the defence investigation told The Post. The woman also had "a lot of her expenses — hair braiding, salon expenses — paid for by men not related to her," the source said.

Strauss-Kahn, 62, was accused of forcing the maid at the Sofitel hotel in Manhattan to perform oral sex. He was taken into custody a few minutes before his Air France flight departed for Paris in May. Strauss-Kahn has claimed that their sexual encounter was consensual.

The source said that immigrants from Guinea had been targeted by the maid. "We have people who have been victimised, who have claimed she ripped them off. Nice working people from her neighbourhood," a source said.

This week the case against Strauss-Kahn unravelled quickly as it emerged the maid, who accused him, has been lying and has criminal connections.

On Friday, Strauss-Kahn was released from house arrest and is now allowed to travel inside the US. While the case against him has been significantly weakened, the charges still stand.

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