New York: In a secretly recorded phone
conversation, the New York hotel maid who had accused
Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault, can be heard telling
her boyfriend in a Arizona about her plan to get money from
the former IMF chief.
"She says words to the effect of, `Don`t worry, this guy
has a lot of money. I know what I`m doing, " an official told
`The New York Times`.
The phone conversation was translated this Wednesday from
the Fulani dialect spoken in the maid`s native Guinea, the
Strauss-Kahn, 62, was accused of forcing the Guinean maid,
32, at the Sofitel hotel in Manhattan to perform oral sex.
He was taken into custody a few minutes before his Air
France flight departed for Paris in May.
Yesterday, Strauss-Kahn who was released from house
arrest, will be allowed to travel inside the US. He will also
have his USD 1 million bail and USD 5 million bond returned.
Investigators have reportedly discovered a string of lies
told by the maid to a grand jury including a false story about
being raped in Guinea.
The Times reported that meetings with prosecutors became
tense and angry. She collapsed in tears and got down on the
floor during questioning.
She became unavailable to investigators from the district
attorney`s office for days at a time.
While the maid has claimed that the hotel job is her only
source of income, in recent weeks, investigators collected
bank records showing deposits of thousands of dollars in
Arizona, Georgia, New York and Pennsylvania to an account in
The maid also changed her earlier version of what
happened immediately after the alleged sexual assault.
She told the Grand Jury in May that she waited in the
hallway for Strauss-Kahn to leave and then told her
On Tuesday, however, she told investigators that she
went and cleaned another room before informing the supervisor.
But this version also turned out to be false because the
card key data obtained by investigations did not match up.
While the case against Strauss-Kahn has been weakened,
the charges still stand.
"It`s a fact that the victim here has made some mistakes,
but that doesn`t mean she is not a rape victim," Kenneth P
Thompson, her own lawyer said.