Dominique Strauss-Kahn Accuser Clarifies Timeline 'Misunderstanding'

Hotel maid clarifies what happened just after the alleged attack.

ByABC News
July 26, 2011, 4:18 AM

July 26, 2011— -- Nafissatou Diallo, 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, in an exclusive interview with ABC News, has clarified what she said happened just after the alleged attack.

At the time of the alleged incident Diallo was a maid at the Sofitel Hotel in New York. Speaking with ABC News' Robin Roberts, Diallo re-enacted never-before-heard details of the alleged assault, at one point kneeling on the floor to describe how she said Strauss-Kahn forced her to perform oral sex in the midtown Manhattan hotel on May 14.

Questions have arisen surrounding what happened immediately after the alleged attack and have led the Manhattan District Attorney's office to consider whether to drop the charges amid concerns about Diallo's credibility.

On the day of the alleged attack, Diallo says she was in the hall when Strauss-Kahn left the suite. But hotel records show she briefly went into another room, and then re-entered Strauss-Kahn's suite. Diallo says the discrepancy was a misunderstanding.

Watch the full interview with DSK accuser Nafissatou Diallo

Moments after the alleged incident, according to Diallo, she went into the exterior hallway outside the room, where she says 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.

"I opened there for a -- not for a second. Just to pick up my stuff. That room was already cleaned. I tell them that," she said.

Diallo has also admitted to lying on her tax returns and lying about the details of a rape in her home country of Guinea that helped her to achieve asylum in the United States -- but she says that it is irrelevant to what she says happened in Strauss-Kahn's hotel suite.