Sunday, May 22, 2011

My sister still in shock": Brother of Strauss-Kahn accuser

The brother of the hotel maid who has accused International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault told a French newspaper his sister was 'still in a state of shock.'

In an interview with Le Parisien daily published Wednesday the brother of the 32-year-old Guinean immigrant said was 'shocked and devastated' by the alleged attack in Strauss-Kahn's New York hotel suite on Saturday.

'My sister is still in a state of shock,' her older brother said.

His sister, who has been living in the US for years, claims Strauss-Kahn attacked her when she came to clean his room and twice tried to force himself on her.
A US judge remanded the 62-year-old Frenchman in custody in New York's Riker Island prison on Monday on charges of sexual assault, attempted rape and unlawful imprisonment.

The alleged victim's brother said his sister rang him Saturday evening in the company of a doctor and the police to tell him 'something horrible had happened.'

'She then clarified that someone had tried to hurt her.'

'It was at that point that I watched a local news channel and discovered the arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn,' he said.

He said he was the one who informed his sister her alleged attacker was 'one of the world's most powerful men.'

'She didn't know him,' said her brother, who speaks both English and French and has also been interviewed by a British tabloid.

Asked whether his sister could have laid a trap for Strauss-Kahn, who had been tipped to contest and win next year's presidential election in France, he said: 'No, never. My sister is incapable of making up such a story. She's not that kind of woman.'

'She's a practising Muslim who wears a headscarf,' he said.

By day she worked hard to bring up her daughter, he said. 'When she comes home at night, she watches African TV series.'

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