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Dominique Strauss-Kahn filed a million-dollar countersuit on Monday against the New York hotel maid who accused him of sexual assault last year, allegations that cost the former IMF chief his job and derailed a potential bid for the French presidency.
The Associated Press reports that Strauss-Kahn's suit accuses Nafissatou Diallo of making a "malicious and wanton false accusation" against him that caused "grievous harm" to his personal and professional reputation.
While the criminal case against Strauss-Kahn was ultimately dismissed after questions about Diallo's credibility were raised, Diallo's lawsuit against DSK is proceeding after a judge ruled that the French politician's claim of diplomatic immunity did not protect him from the civil suit.
Strauss-Kahn abandoned hopes of the French presidency and had to resign as IMF chief after Diallo's allegations surfaced last year. Since then, he's also become the subject of a separate investigation into an international prostitution ring, and was accused of attempting to rape a French writer during a 2003 interview. That accusation was found to be too old to prosecute. Strauss-Kahn denies all these allegations.