Strauss-Kahn immunity claim without merit, say Diallo's lawyers
Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s claims of immunity from a civil lawsuit are "utterly meritless", lawyers for chambermaid Nafissatou Diallo, who is suing the former International Monetary Fund boss for sexual assault, said Monday.
Although he was not granted diplomatic immunity when arrested over the charges in May but Strauss-Kahn last month filed a petition seeking dismissal of the civil suit that followed the dropping of the criminal case against him.
Diallo's attorneys said in a court filing Monday that the former IMF boss's petition "should be denied in its entirety as utterly meritless and frivolous" and that the case should be allowed to proceed.
Strauss-Kahn did not claim immunity during the criminal case as the alleged assault happened while he was staying in New York in a personal capacity.
But now he asserts that his position as the IMF's chief executive provides him protection against civil action.