The hotel maid who accused French politico Dominique Strauss-Kahn of raping her in May—only to be revealed last week as a liar, chronic schemer and prostitute—has now sued the New York Post for libel, saying the story subjected her to humiliation and ridicule.
Uh, how's that again? The woman's identity has never been publicly revealed, as is customary policy in the U.S. media with alleged victims of sexual assault. So how exactly is it that she's been libeled?
The Post reported over the weekend that the 32-year-old women "traded sex for money" and turned tricks at the Sofitel Hotel, where she was working when she accused Strauss-Kahn, in addition to whoring at a Brooklyn hotel while housed by the Manhattan District Attorney's office. She was placed in the hotel by her union, which the newspaper says received kickbacks from her tricks.
A spokeswoman for the Post said the paper stands by its reporting.
On Tuesday, Manhattan prosecutors said they plan to drop all charges against Strauss-Kahn after the hotel housekeeper's motives and web of lies were revealed. She has admitted to a laundry list of fraudulent schemes, including a story about being gang raped in Guinea to gain political asylum; misstating income so she could live in a low-income apartment; claiming someone else's child as her own dependent on tax returns; and banking $100,000 for a boyfriend imprisoned in Arizona for drug dealing.
Amazingly, the maid is standing by her story. In a last-ditch effort to save the case, her attorneys have released their account of DSK's whereabouts during the day in question. See it here.