Dominique Strauss-Kahn's accuser in the Manhattan sex assault case, the 32-year-old Guinean woman, has come out in public trying to cement the faltering case against the former IMF chief.
Nafissatou Diallo, whose accusation that Strauss-Kahn had sexually assaulted her and forced to have oral sex at a New York hotel led to his dramatic arrest and humiliation, talked to ABC News and the Newsweek to buttress her case against him.
She said it was because of him that she was portrayed as a prostitute and that she wants him to go to jail.
Earlier in the month, in a dramatic reversal of fortune investigators had suggested the case against him was weak as they suspected the integrity of the accuser. There has been speculation since then that the Manhattan District Attorney would drop serious charges against Strauss-Kahn.
"I never want to be in public but I have no choice .. Now, I have to be in public. I have to, for myself. I have to tell the truth," Diallo told ABC News.
She maintained her argument that Strauss-Kahn forced her to have sex. She said he told her she was beautiful, to which she replied, "Sir, stop this. I don't want to lose my job."
But she said he went ahead and used force on her. "Because of him they call me a prostitute ... I want him to go to jail. I want him to know there are some places you cannot use your power, you cannot use your money," she said, according to Newsweek.
Earlier in the month there were reports in the media that Diallo worked as a prostitute and lured her male customers while working at the hotel. New York Post had a source close to the defense investigation saying that told New York Post the Sofitel maid would have sex with male guests at the hotel for money."There is information... of her getting extraordinary tips," the source said.
Other details about the woman's shady past also emerged. It was revealed that the hotel maid had lied to the investigators and had issues with her asylum application.
The New York Times also reported that the 32-year-old woman had talked to a jailed man a day after the alleged sexual assault took place. She has been recorded talking about how she could benefit out of pressing ahead with the case against Strauss-Kahn. The report said the person she talked to was among many people who had deposited money into her bank account over the last two years. This person had been arrested earlier on charges of possessing marijuana, it was reported.
CNN reported that the woman told him "she's fine and this person is rich and there's money to be made."
The LA Times reported that the District Attorney's office did not make any comment on the woman's latest revelations.