Dominique Strauss-Kahn Accuser Sues New York Post for Calling Her a Hooker
As the case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn in the alleged sexual assault of a Sofitel hotel maid seems to hang in the balance, perhaps to be dismissed entirely, the hotel maid, who is a Guinean immigrant, is fighting back against three articles in the New York Post that reported she was a prostitute on July 2nd and 3rd. (The Post also, if you'll recall, stated at one point that she lived in housing for people with HIV, a move widely condemned and a "fact" denied by her lawyer.) The maid has sued the Post and five of its journalists for libel, Reuters reports, accusing them of publishing defamatory articles "in an apparent desperate attempt to bolster its rapidly plunging sales."
The suit seeks damages to be determined, and states that the Post knew or should have known the information it was publishing -- that the maid ""was doing double duty as a prostitute, collecting cash on the side from male guests" and "continued to work as a prostitute in a Brooklyn hotel where she was stashed by prosecutors" -- was false.
"All of these statements are false, have subjected the plaintiff to humiliation, scorn and ridicule throughout the world by falsely portraying her as a prostitute or as a woman who trades her body for money and they constitute defamation and libel per se," the suit said.
According to the New York Times,
A spokeswoman for the Post, Suzi Halpin, stated "We stand by our reporting" and declined to comment further.
The three articles are here:
Maid cleaning up as 'hooker'
Maid 'laid' low as DA paid for digs
Dominique Strauss-Kahn 'refused to pay' hooker maid for sex
This, you can imagine, is likely to be the one piece of DSK/maid news that the Post will not be reporting on. The full complaint against the Post is here.