Judge Rejects DSK’s Immunity Claim

    French economist, lawyer and politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn gestures as he speaks to Ukrainian students in Kiev on April 4, 2012. Former IMF chairman Dominique Strauss-Kahn, currently embroiled in sex scandals, gives a lecture on the future of global economy and its implications on Europe and Ukraine. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY (Photo credit should read SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A Bronx judge on Tuesday rejected a claim by Dominique Strauss-Kahn for diplomatic immunity in a civil lawsuit against the woman who accused him of sexual assault. Referring to Strauss-Kahn’s claim as a “Hail Mary” pass, Judge Douglas McKeon said the former IMF chief did not claim diplomatic immunity in his criminal trial and thus could not claim it in a civil one. Strauss-Kahn, once considered a shoo-in for the Socialist nomination for the French presidency, was accused last year of sexual assault by Guinean immigrant Nafissatou Diallo, a maid at the glitzy Sofitel Hotel in Times Square, and was eventually cleared of criminal charges after prosecutors found issues with Diallo’s credibility.

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