“I want to say what a privilege it has been to work with all of you and to work on this case,” he told Diallo and the attorneys for both sides.
The judge said Diallo also settled a separate libel lawsuit against the New York Post over a series of articles that claimed she was a prostitute; the details of that settlement also weren’t disclosed. A spokeswoman for the News Corp.-owned newspaper didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Diallo attorney Kenneth Thompson called her “a strong and courageous woman who never lost faith in our system of justice. With this resolution, she can move on with her life.”
Diallo is a widowed mother of a teenage daughter. She has been on worker’s compensation since her encounter with Strauss-Kahn, according to the hotel chain.
After Diallo came forward, other sexual allegations emerged against Strauss-Kahn, who had been known as a womanizer but largely viewed as debonair.
French judges are to decide by Dec. 19 whether to annul charges linking him to a suspected prostitution ring run out of a luxury hotel in Lille. He acknowledges attending “libertine” gatherings but says he didn’t know about any women getting paid to participate.
Another inquiry, centered on allegations of rape in a hotel in Washington, D.C., was dropped after French prosecutors said the accuser, an escort, changed her account to say she wasn’t forced to have sex.
And French prosecutors also have looked into writer Tristane Banon’s allegations that Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her during an interview in 2003, a claim she made public after his New York arrest and he called imaginary and slanderous. Prosecutors said they believed the encounter qualified as a sexual assault, but the legal timeframe to pursue her complaint had elapsed.
The Associated Press does not name people who report being sexually assaulted unless they come forward publicly, as Diallo and Banon have done.
Several hours before the court date in New York, Strauss-Kahn was seen in Paris leaving his new residence in the Left Bank neighborhood of Montparnasse. Dressed in jeans, a white shirt and open black jacket and clutching a stack of dossiers, he ducked into a black Audi waiting for him. Asked by AP Television News whether he was relieved the New York end of his legal problems would soon be over, he refused to respond.