Following reports of the alleged sexual assault committed by IMF Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn upon a 32-year-old maid at Midtown’s Sofitel Hotel — in which he is said to have jumped out of his bathroom naked, grabbed the maid, attempted rape, and then forced her to perform oral sex — and Strauss-Kahn’s ensuing arrest, DNA Info has some details on the victim, who reportedly told her brother by phone on Saturday, crying, that “somebody did something very bad to her.”
The man, a 43-year-old restaurant owner in Harlem, paints a picture of his family and sister as hardworking West African immigrants, a description that contrasts starkly to the life of her alleged attacker, who is married to an heiress and is suing a French newspaper that claimed “staples of his lifestyle included luxury homes and sought-after works of art.”
Neighbors described the Bronx woman as a quiet, devout Muslim, single mom, and recent West African immigrant who spends long days at her job cleaning up after the rich and powerful as a maid at one of Midtown’s most glamorous hotels.
“She’s very shy, she’s very quiet,” said Mark Gangadeen, head of the tenants’ association at the six-story brick building where the woman lives with her teenage daughter.
Strauss-Kahn is being held without bail at Rikers; his next court date is Friday. The victim’s brother wouldn’t say where his sister was but said, “She is safe now.”
Meanwhile, Strauss-Kahn’s legal team is claiming consent. Via the New York Post,
“The evidence, we believe, will not be consistent with a forcible encounter,” said Ben Brafman, the high-powered lawyer of IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, at the suspect’s sensational arraignment in a packed criminal courtroom.