No Immunity for Strauss-Kahn in Civil Suit

A judge in New York has refused to dismiss the civil lawsuit filed against Dominique Strauss-Kahn by Nafissatou Diallo, the housekeeper at the Sofitel who alleges he sexually assaulted her. Strauss-Kahn raised the defense of diplomatic immunity.

In his decision, Justice McKeon quoted from a monetary fund document advising its officials that they enjoy immunity from the judicial process only in respect to their official duties.

The judge added that even that limited immunity expired with Mr. Strauss-Kahn’s resignation. The decision also noted that Mr. Strauss-Kahn chose not to raise immunity during his criminal proceedings because he wanted to clear his name.

Prediction: This case will now settle for an undisclosed sum of money. [More...]

In other DSK news, a new book is out, Three Days in May, about his arrest and the aftermath. DSK gave a lengthy interview to the Guardian, in which he says the ensuing scandal in France was orchestrated by his opponents.

He makes it manifestly clear to me that he now believes that his public undoing did not occur in isolation from his plans to challenge Sarkozy and his centre-right UMP party in the 2012 French elections. Strauss-Kahn says there is considerable evidence that he had been under surveillance in the days immediately before his stay at the Sofitel and that the unfolding drama there had been orchestrated in such a way as to derail his presidential ambitions. The events had been "shaped by those with a political agenda" into an international attempted rape scandal, he tells me.

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    Out of curiosity, (none / 0) (#1)
    by Doug1111 on Wed May 02, 2012 at 02:13:23 PM EST
    how much would you guesstimate it would settle for?