What a difference a year makes. On the same day François Hollande was been sworn in as France's President, disgraced ex-IMF chief, possible pimp and alleged gang rape participant Dominique Strauss Khan is suing the Manhattan hotel chamber maid who accused him of sexually assaulting her. It's almost impossible now to remember that this guy once actually had his sights set on the French presidency.

"Strauss-Kahn is seeking damages of at least $1 million for claims of malicious prosecution, abuse of process, false imprisonment, defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress," reports Bloomberg's Chris Dolmetsch.  Reuters adds, "Strauss-Kahn denies all wrongdoing in the countersuit and accuses Diallo of "knowingly and intentionally making a false report to law enforcement authorities."

Obviously, Nafissatou Diallo, the maid in question, and her lawyers are rebuking the lawsuit. “One year to the day of his brutal sexual assault of Ms. Diallo, this is yet another example that personifies Strauss- Kahn’s misogynistic attitude,” Douglas H. Wigdor, a lawyer for Diallo, said in a statement picked up by Bloomberg “As with his plea for diplomatic immunity, we are entirely confident this latest desperate ploy will be swiftly rejected.”