Strauss-Kahn Lawsuit: He Hates Women

Nafissatou Diallo argues rape part of a pattern of misogyny
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 23, 2012 8:33 AM CDT
Strauss-Kahn Lawsuit: He Hates Women
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.   (AP File Photos)

Nafissatou Diallo has added a new wrinkle to her lawsuit against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, arguing that he hates women and that his alleged rape of her hence amounted to gender violence, the Guardian reports. "Strauss-Kahn's conduct towards women generally is, and more specifically his sexual assault of Ms. Diallo was, motivated by gender-animus and a misogynistic attitude," the lawsuit alleges. The charge is significant, because New York City recently outlawed gender-based violence.

The accusation references Strauss-Kahn's other alleged sexual misdeeds. French writer Tristane Banon has accused him of attempted rape, and French authorities have lodged preliminary pimping charges over claims he was involved in a prostitution ring and are investigating allegations that he gang-raped a woman in connection with that ring. Strauss-Kahn has admitted to "libertine" activities, but denies all sexual assault and prostitution accusations. He's filed a $1 million defamation suit against Diallo. (More Dominique Strauss Kahn stories.)

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