In an exclusive broadcast interview with ABC News, the hotel maid who has accused former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexually assaulting her in a New York City hotel room recounted the alleged attack and responded to questions about her credibility.
"I know what he did to me," Nafissatou Diallo, 32, told ABC's Robin Roberts.
In never-before-heard detail, the maid re-enacted moments from the alleged assault, at one point kneeling on the floor to describe how she said Strauss-Kahn forced her to perform oral sex in Room 2806 at the Sofitel Hotel in New York City May 14.
When she first went to clean the room, she said, a room service employee told her the guests had checked out and the room was empty so she went in to clean the room. Still, she said, she moved from room to room in the large suite, which included an office and a living room, calling "housekeeping" to no response. It wasn't until she was walking down the hallway to the bedroom, she said, that she saw him.
"I saw a little man come to me. He come naked," she said. "I was like, 'Oh, my God. I'm so sorry. I'm so sorry.' It was so fast. ... I turned my head, he comes to me and grab my breast: 'No, you don't have to be sorry.' I said, 'Stop. Stop. I don't want to lose my job.'"
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Diallo said Frenchman Strauss-Kahn, who has denied the allegations, then pulled her into the bedroom, closed the door and continued to push her toward the bed.
"I was like, 'Stop. Don't do this,'" she said. "When I say, 'I don't want to lose my job,' he say, 'You're not going to lose your job,'" and he say, 'You're beautiful.'"
"He's trying to put his penis in my mouth and I closed my lips," she continued. "I turn my head ... and I get up. He keeps pushing me everywhere ... then I was like, 'I want to kill him. I want him to stop.'"
Diallo, who's from the French-speaking West African country of Guinea, said she tried to escape as Strauss-Kahn forced her into the bathroom off the hallway.
"I had a -- my uniform is a dress -- we have, I have a dress on," she said. "He pulls up my dress up. ... I tried to pull my dress back ... he put his hand between my legs. He grabbed me so hard. I pulled his hand off."
During the scuffle in the bathroom, Diallo said, she was pushed to the floor and then forced up against the wall, injuring her left shoulder, which she said now needs surgery.
"That was time he forced his penis into my mouth," she said. "I cannot move. I cannot move. I tried. I tried to push him. ... I cannot even breathe that much.
"He said, 'Suck my d***.' I cannot say nothing," she said. "Then he back off ... I was splitting ... and I run out of the room."
Moments later, Diallo said, she went into the exterior hallway outside of the room, where she kept spitting and thought she was going to be sick. It was there that, she said, she saw Strauss-Kahn going to the elevator with his luggage.
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"He don't say anything," she said. "I don't know what to do. I don't know what to think. I don't know what I have to do, who I have to tell."
Although she was fearful of losing her job, Daillo said, she told her supervisor about the incident, who then had her speak with two security guards and, later, police.
The next day, Diallo said, she found out from watching a news report that Strauss-Kahn was expected to be a potential candidate as president of France and she began to fear for her life.
"I believe that he was going to kill me," she said. "I don't know the law, what they're going to do to me. I don't know if they was going to kill me or not. I don't know, because when I see he was powerful man, I was so scared."
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."
"A woman who is raped or sexually assaulted by a man has a private course of action, and has a right to stand up and assert her dignity," he said of the allegations.
Thompson added that they have filed a civil lawsuit against the New York Post for publishing "defamatory comments" about Daillo, after it ran a headline calling her a "hooker."
"I have to come out and [tell] the world I'm not a prostitute," Diallo said. "I've never been and I'm never going to be ... they call me that because of him [Strauss-Kahn]."
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."
In a separate statement to ABC News, defense attorneys William Taylor and Brafman called for the criminal charges to be dismissed and said, "It is time for this unseemly circus to stop."
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.'s office is considering whether to drop the charges amid "concerns" he has said he had about Diallo's credibility, claiming "discrepancies" in her accounts of what happened after the alleged attack and inconsistencies with her application for asylum.
When reached for comment, Vance told ABC News he couldn't comment on an ongoing investigation.
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."
Diallo acknowledged "mistakes" but also said they should not preclude Vance's office from going forward.
"I have made some mistakes but that doesn't mean ... this man tried to rape me. He tried to rape me. It's not the same thing," she said.
The New York Times also reported that a day after the alleged attack, Diallo had a phone conversation with a convicted drug dealer, who had been arrested on charges of marijuana possession.
"He was my friend and I never, ever know he was a drug dealer," Diallo told Roberts. "I used to trust him."
The unnamed source in the New York Times article also alleged that the man, among others, deposited cash into Diallo's bank account after she told him, "Don't worry. I know what I'm doing. This guy has a lot of money."
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.
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."