NY Maid Launches Suit Against DSK

    This combo made from file photos shows former IMF leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn on June 6, 2011, left, and Nafissatou Diallo on July 28, 2011, in New York. While Strauss-Kahn faces fresh charges in his native France amid a prostitution ring probe, a judge in New York may decide whether to allow a civil case against him filed by Diallo, the hotel maid who said he sexually assaulted her. The first hearing is likely to deal with complex laws that shield diplomats from prosecution and lawsuits in their host countries. (AP Photos)

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    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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