Newsweek article dated June 25, 2011 titled The Maids Tale “Hello? Housekeeping.” by Christopher Dickey and John Solomon is more than an interesting read of a Guinean immigrant coming to America looking for a better life for herself and children; It’s a provoking three hour interview revealing startling accounts of an abused woman before she landed in America.
Perhaps more intriguing is her less than pristine history being used to shed a dim light on the legitimacy of her story that Dominique Strauss-Kahn the once powerful managing director of the International Fund and best positioned next president of France sexually assaulted her. Alleged victim Nafissatou Diallo gives consistent accounts of the incident with a few minor deviations in her story, common errors of a woman abused, assaulted and living in fear.
The intention of the article appears to give Diallo a voice in the media craze and private life of DSK and misinformation on what she has said which has presented a small platform filled with problematic speculation. Not a formerly educated woman, just a desire to have a better life Christopher Dickey and John Solomon interview gives a pretty balanced account of a woman accusing a very powerful man of sexual assault/abuse.
“It’s possible that Diallo is a woman who has lived for the last few years on the margins of quasi-illegal immigrant society in the Bronx, associating with petty con artists and dubious types trying to get a foothold in this country. But that does not preclude her having been the victim of a predatory and powerful man. Nor does it mean she will rule out an attempt to make some money from the situation.” More importantly in reading the comments on this article it’s incredible the suspicion around Dialo being a victim of a sexual abuse crime is now being treated as if she is the criminal and she has to prove her less than pristine background doesn’t mean she was not assaulted.
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