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July 25th, 2011
07:35 PM ET

Strauss-Kahn accuser: 'I want justice'

New York (CNN) - The woman accusing former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexually assaulting her insisted she was "telling the truth from my heart," in an interview broadcast Monday.

"I want justice. I want him to go to jail," Nafissatou Diallo told ABC. "I want him to know you cannot use your power when you do something like this."

The 32-year-old hotel maid, whose credibility has been called into question by prosecutors and Strauss-Kahn's lawyers, said she was terrified when she found out how powerful Strauss-Kahn was.

When she saw news reports explaining that the man she was accusing was a leading candidate for the French presidency, "I said, 'Oh, my God.' I was crying. I said, 'They're going to kill me, I'm going to die.' " That's because in her native Guinea, West Africa, accusing "a powerful man like that" would put her life in danger, she said.

Diallo's choice to go public with her accusations in the middle of a pending criminal investigation is extremely unusual. She spoke with both ABC and Newsweek magazine.

CNN previously has not identified Diallo, given the network's policy against naming alleged sexual assault victims. But it is now naming her, in light of her decision to make her case to the media.

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  1. vic , nashville ,tn

    Really I don’t know she is telling truth or not but other woman accused him

    One thing I know if you want keep higher post keep your character good or top secret

    look like Dominique Strauss-Kahn failed on that

    July 25, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
  2. R. Maynard

    The Republicans insist that there can be no increase in tax revenue. The fact is in January of 2011 the tax credit for tax payers who do not pay into social security were allowed to expire. These are not wealthy tax payers, these are middle class tax payers who now pay more in taxes with no complaining. I fail to understand why there is an insistance that tax payers who make over $250000 a year can not have their tax credits expire when other less wealthy tax payers had their tax credits expire.

    July 25, 2011 at 10:15 pm |