**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**
DECEMBER 10, 2012
Contact: Aja Worthy-Davis (212) 788-7081
Council Member Letitia James Comments On DSK Civil Settlement
(New York, NY)— On Monday, December 10, 2012, former IMF-head and French Diplomat Dominique Strauss-Kahn signed a settlement agreement regarding his civil suit with Nafissatou Diallo, a Guinean housekeeper who charged him with sexually assaulting her.
“As a strong advocate for victim’s rights, I am relieved that on some level justice has been served,” said Council Member Letitia James. “I hope this sends a strong message to those who would think that power and influence affords them the right to violate the rights of woman.”
The criminal case against Strauss-Kahn provoked harsh media scrutiny into the life and personal history of Ms. Diallo, who at one point was falsely labeled as a prostitute. In August 2011, Council Member James held a press conference with women’s advocacy organizations calling for a fair criminal trial for Ms. Diallo, and an end to personal attacks.