A New York maid who accused former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault last year launched a civil lawsuit against him on Wednesday. Prosecutors dropped the charges last year against Strauss-Kahn after they said they had serious questions about the credibility of the accuser, Nafissatou Diallo. The lawsuit will address whether Strauss-Kahn is covered by diplomatic immunity, since the IMF says he was in New York on personal business. Strauss-Kahn will not attend the hearing, as he is currently battling claims in France that he was involved in a prostitution ring.
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