Nafissatou Diallo, the 32-year-old hotel maid accusing former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexually assaulting her, decided to speak to the media about her experience this weekend, interviewing with both ABC and Newsweek.
Diallo'sÂ choice to go public with her accusations in the middle of a pending criminal investigation is extremely unusual and has put a lot of pressure on Manhattan prosecutors, who she plans to meet with on Wednesday.
Sunny Hostin, CNN legal contributor, and Paul Callan, criminal defense attorney, join American Morning today to discuss if Diallo's interviews will help or hurt her case and to weigh in on why they think she decided to talk.
It has been more than two months since hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former head of the International Monetary Fund, of sexually assaulting her when she entered his room at the Sofitel hotel in New York City.
Over the weekend, Diallo broke her silence and spoke with members of the media about the alleged experience.
Christopher Dickey, Paris Bureau Chief for Newsweek who sat down with Diallo for an interview about the alleged attack, joins American Morning today to discuss what Diallo had to say and to address the questions that have been circulating about her credibility.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former managing director of the International Monetary Fund, faces new challenges this week with French writer Tristane Banon accusing him of attempted rape in a 2003 incident. Strauss-Kahn has filed countercharges against Banon for "false declarations,"' a lawyer for DSK told CNN Monday.
This news comes amidst reports that the Manhattan DA's case against Strauss-Kahn seems to be crumbling due to credibility issues with the hotel maid who has accused him of rape.
Elaine Sciolino, New York Times Paris correspondent, discusses what Strauss-Kahn is facing politically and what impact these scandals have had on French culture on American Morning today.