Lawyers decry public comments from DSK's accuser

July 24, 2011 - 10:59 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for Dominique Strauss-Kahn are blasting back after the first public comments from the hotel maid accusing him of sexual assault.

"I want him to go to jail," Nafissatou Diallo told Newsweek in a cover story posted online Sunday. ABC News says it will broadcast an interview with her on three of its programs on Monday. In the interviews, she gives new details about the alleged attack in a Midtown hotel room.

Lawyers for the former International Monetary Fund chief say Diallo is looking for money and call the interviews "an unseemly circus" designed to inflame public opinion.

The case against Strauss-Kahn is in limbo after prosecutors raised doubts about the maid's credibility.

Her lawyers call the defense's conduct "an unprecedented smear campaign against the victim of a sexual attack."

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Information from: Newsweek, http://www.newsweek.com