Strauss-Kahn accuser mulls dropping case for money -WSJ

NEW YORK, (Reuters) – Lawyers for the woman who  accused former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual  assault have explored a deal in which they would scuttle the  criminal case in exchange for a monetary settlement in the  civil lawsuit, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday.

The woman’s lawyer, Kenneth Thompson, strongly denied the  report, which the Journal sourced to unidentified people  briefed on the matter.

The report comes ahead of Tuesday’s scheduled court hearing  in which Strauss-Kahn, once seen as a leading contender to be  the next president of France, was due to appear before a judge  for the first time since he was freed from house arrest on July  1.    Nafissatou Diallo, the hotel maid who has alleged  Strauss-Kahn sexually assaulted her on May 14, filed a civil  claim against him last week in New York while the separate  criminal case was languishing.

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