The New York Post reports that friends of the former head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Dominique Strauss-Kahn are offering money to the accusing maid’s impoverished family to make the case go away.
The woman — who claims that the former head of the IMF and, until two weeks ago, a leading candidate to be the next president of France tried to rape her and forced her to perform oral sex — has an extended family in the former French colony of Guinea in West Africa where the average monthly income is $45. The maid’s kin live in impoverished conditions and some of her family members can’t even afford shoes.
“They already talked with her family,” a French businesswoman with close ties to Strauss-Kahn and his family told The Post. “For sure, it’s going to end up on a quiet note…He’ll get out of it and will fly back to France. He won’t spend time in jail. The woman will get a lot of money.”
The seven-figure sum that is being rumored would certainly be an excessive amount for the family to turn down. The Post also notes that the maid’s family lives so off-the-grid in a remote village that they didn’t know of the alleged rape until informed by reporters.
Prosecutors in Manhattan had kept the cleaning woman hidden to try to prevent tactics of this kind, but Strauss-Kahn’s associates were apparently very determined.
Meanwhile, in yet another development yesterday, it appeared that Strauss-Kahn, who remains under house arrest in a pricey lower Manhattan pad secured by his billionaire wife, Anne Sinclair, purportedly yelled, “Do you know who I am?” as he assaulted the victim, according to a new report.
“Don’t you know who I am? Don’t you know who I am?” Strauss- Kahn repeatedly asked during the incident, according to Fox News.