The hotel maid who accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault was tape recorded on the phone within a day of the attack telling a man in prison, something like “Don’t worry, this guy has a lot of money. I know what I’m doing,” according to a source who spoke to The New York Times. This comes on top of this revelation, which piggy-bagged off yesterday’s bombshell that she had been dishonest about details in her asylum application from Guinea, including a gang rape. The accuser also had several shady deposits into her bank account, totaling near $100,000, from various men.
But wait, there’s more: The New York Post headline this morning is “DSK MAID A HOOKER.” Sources tell the tabloid the accuser works as a prostitute in the hotel, cleaning rooms but also sleeping with guests. The paper quoted a source “close to the investigation” who said, “There is information . . . of her getting extraordinary tips, if you know what I mean. And it’s not for bringing extra f**king towels.” It should be noted, however, that the New York Times has not reported that the accuser is a prostitute, only the Post.Strauss-Kahn has argued from the beginning that what happened between them was consensual and that the accuser was a prostitute. His lawyers refused to comment to the Post whether he paid this woman for sex. She could be a sex worker who consented, a sex worker who didn’t consent, or just a hotel maid whose character is being tarnished by a defense source. We don’t know. (I am waiting for more reputable newspapers to suss that information out.) In any case, it has to be said that a prostitute can still be sexually assaulted. Let’s not lose sight of the fact that she may not be what we perceive to be a “good victim,” but she could still be a victim.
But the ball game has completely changed, regardless of the side gig she may have: The lies that have unfolded and the audiotape of the accuser suggesting she wanted to extort the former International Monetary Fund chief will kill public sympathy and belief in her credibilty, if they haven’t already. Even if Strauss-Kahn did sexually assault her, it’s hard to imagine a jury who would believe this woman now.