Dominique Strauss-Kahn Accuser Clarifies Timeline 'Misunderstanding'


Diallo denied having ever said that. She admitted, however, that she gave the man her bank account number but claimed she didn't know about money he put in there.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.'s office is still weighing whether to drop the charges amid "concerns" about Diallo's credibility. Specifically, prosecutors have problems with Diallo's explanation for what she did immediately after the encounter with Strauss-Kahn. They say she told them two different stories.

Diallo called the discrepancy a "misunderstanding."

She told ABC News she waited in the hallway outside the Suite 2806 where she saw Strauss-Kahn get into the elevator. After he was gone she said she went briefly into a nearby room to collect some cleaning supplies, returned briefly to Strauss-Kahn's suite and then retreated to a linen closet where her supervisor found her shaking and spitting.

When reached for comment, Vance told ABC News he couldn't comment on an ongoing investigation, but this afternoon the district attorney's office announced that Strauss-Kahn's next hearing has been postponed to Aug. 23 from Aug. 1.

It was unclear what effect, if any, the Diallo's decision to go public with her version of the alleged sexual assault may have had on the postponement.

Other legal professionals say that discrepancies in an accuser's past do not necessarily indicate that they are lying.

"Both as a former prosecutor and judge, you deal with so many witnesses who have terrible backgrounds and have lied. That doesn't mean they're not telling the truth about the incident they're testifying about. The problem, of course, is convincing a jury," former judge Leslie Crocker Snyder told ABC News.

Diallo's accusations led to a chain of events that rocked France's political world and the workings of one of the world's most prominent banking institutions. She remained unequivocal in her assertion that Strauss-Kahn attacked her.

"I want justice. I want him to go to jail," Diallo said. "I want him to know that there is some places you cannot use your money, you cannot use your power when you do something like this."

Diallo's attorney, Ken Thompson, said that in addition to the pending criminal case, he and his client will also file a civil lawsuit against Strauss-Kahn "within days."

Strauss-Kahn and defense attorneys continue to deny any wrongdoing and denied that a forced sexual encounter took place.

Defense attorney Ben Brafman said, "Our judgment, once the evidence is reviewed, will be clear that there was no element of forcible compulsion in this case."

Strauss-Kahn was released on his own recognizance from house arrest July 1 after prosecutors told a judge in a Manhattan Supreme Court that they needed to "reassess the strength of the case."

Even now, the maid says she is still afraid of Strauss-Kahn and fears for her and her 15-year-old daughter's safety.

"I never want to be in public, but I have no choice," Diallo told ABC News, adding, "Now, I have to be in public. I have to, for myself. I have to tell the truth. ... I just cannot stay hiding."

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