The lawyer representing the hotel maid who Dominique Strauss-Kahn allegedly assaulted says his client had no idea who her alleged attacker was, that she is telling the truth about the incident, and she has "no agenda." Meanwhile, lawyers for Strauss-Kahn today said the International Monetary Fund director may be able to come to an arrangement to allow Strauss-Kahn out on bail after that was denied on Monday.
Bloomberg reports this afternoon that, "at the bail hearing yesterday, Benjamin Brafman, Strauss-Kahn’s lawyer, told the judge that the district attorney 'invited me to come back to them with some sort of package we think they would be willing to consider.' " But so far the judge and prosecutors have said no to Strauss-Kahn's offer of a $1 million bond, surrendering his travel documents and electronic monitoring, so it was unclear what further measures he could take.
The victim's lawyer, Jeffrey Shapiro, today corrected some discrepancies in earlier reports on his client that cited her brother. The maid is originally from Guinea, he told the Associated Press, and has a 15-year-old daughter.
Her story of being attacked by Strauss-Kahn in the Sofitel hotel suite near Times Square is "consistent" because she is telling the truth, he said.
"There is no way in which there is any aspect of this event which could be construed consensual in any manner," Shapiro said. "This is nothing other than a physical, sexual assault by this man on this young woman."
He continued: "It's not just my opinion that this woman is honest. The New York City Police Department reached the same conclusion." He added, "This is a woman with no agenda."
The AP today also profiled the judge in the case, Melissa C. Jackson who, like many New York judges, has ruled on a few celebrities through her career. She ordered Courtney Love to stay off drugs, jailed Foxy Brown, and dismissed disorderly conduct charges against Rosario Dawson. She also arraigned NBA star Jayson Williams by video from a hospital after he drunkenly drove into a tree.
Update (6:17 p.m.): Strauss-Kahn reportedly went on suicide watch at Rikers Island jail this evening, according to an AP update citing Norman Seabrook, head of New York's correctional officers' union. But "the 62-year-old Strauss-Kahn did not try to harm himself," the AP reported.