The hotel maid who has accused former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault plans to testify at his trial.
“She is going to come into this courthouse, get on that witness stand and tell the world what Dominique Strauss-Kahn did to her,” her lawyer, Kenneth P. Thompson, told reporters Monday.
Thompson’s comments came as DSK appeared in a New York City courtroom, where the former French presidential hopeful pleaded not guilty to charges including sexual assault and attempted rape. Strauss-Kahn’s legal team also requested six weeks to review the evidence against him and prep for trial. DSK's next court date is set for July 18.
Monday's court proceedings contained few surprises, and Strauss-Kahn spoke only briefly to answer yes and no questions and to enter his plea. But, as the New York Times notes, the theatrics outside of the courthouse "far outweighed the legal significance of what" occurred inside.
Some 200 hotel workers were bused to the courthouse by the Hotel and Motel Trades Council union to show their support for the accuser – and their disdain for the accused. The workers reportedly yelled “Shame on you!” and held their noses as Strauss-Kahn entered the courthouse.