On May 14, 2011, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, 62, then head of the IMF and favorite for the 2012 presidential election, was arrested and then jailed after charges of attempted rape by Nafissatou Diallo, a maid at the Sofitel in Manhattan in New York, where he had spent the night. Here are the key dates of a global case.

May 14. Arrest in New York of Dominique Strauss-Kahn in an Air France plane leaving for Paris. He is accused of sexual assault on an employee of the Sofitel hotel in Manhattan.

May 15. Dominique Strauss-Kahn is accused of criminal sexual act, attempted rape and forcible confinement. The alleged victim, a 32-year-old woman of Guinean origin who is raising her 15-year-old daughter alone, identifies her as her attacker at the Harlem police station, from whom Dominique Strauss-Kahn comes out handcuffed in front of the cameras. The images go around the world. From Paris, his wife Anne Sinclair says she does not believe “for a single second in the accusations.” Dominique Strauss-Kahn, he denies the facts.

The affair shook the French political class one year before the presidential election for which DSK was favorite. Politicians speak of “a trap” or even “a plot.” The IMF appoints its number two, American John Lipsky, acting director.

May 16. A judge rejects a request for release on bail. Incarcerated in the huge New York prison of Rikers Island, DSK is targeted by seven charges punishable by 15 to 74 years in prison. The prosecution cites its involvement in at least one other similar case. The defense is led by two renowned lawyers, William Taylor and Benjamin Brafman. Anne Sinclair joins him in New York.

May 19. The boss of the IMF resigns while refuting, “with the most extreme firmness all that [him] is accused of.” During a hearing attended by Anne Sinclair and Camille, a daughter of DSK, a judge formally indicted the former French minister and granted him freedom with strict conditions: $ 1 million in bail, 5 million in security deposits , house arrest in New York, electronic control day and night and guard stationed in front of the apartment, all at his personal expense.

May 20. After four nights, DSK is released from prison. Following difficulties in finding accommodation due to media pressure, he moved into an apartment owned by the company in charge of his surveillance before settling on May 25 in a house in the Tribeca district of New York.

May 23. According to several media, DSK’s DNA was found on the clothes of his accuser. New York police claim to have given “no information or results.”

June 6. DSK pleads not guilty in the courtroom on the 13th floor of Manhattan courthouse.

June 30. Thunderclap from the New York Times. The charges of sex crimes against DSK are on the verge of collapsing, according to the New York daily, which quotes two unidentified investigators and assures that the prosecutor’s office does not believe any more in the version of the maid. At the same time, the prosecutor’s office announces a surprise appearance of Dominique Strauss-Kahn in Manhattan criminal court for July 1.

July 1. At the end of a ten-minute hearing, the judge cancels the house arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn and orders the return of the payment of the deposit of 6 million dollars (4 million euros) – including one million in cash – which had saved him from sleeping in prison. This turnaround follows a letter from the services of the prosecutor Cyrus Vance listing a series of elements likely to tarnish the credibility of the maid, Nafissatou Diallo. The next hearing remains set for July 18.

July 11. Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s hearing is postponed to August 1. At a press conference two days later, his lawyer William Taylor admitted that DNA (sperm) was found in the bedroom. But he “thinks there is no evidence” of forced sex.

July 25. Nafissatou Diallo comes out of his silence. In interviews with the weekly Newsweek and the ABC channel, she strikes back and details her side of the story. One of his lawyers announces the filing of a civil complaint in the coming days, with a view to obtaining damages.

July 26. Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers accept a new postponement, to August 23, of the hearing which had been scheduled for July 18 and then August 1. “We understand that the prosecutor continues to investigate. We hope that, by August 23, he will find a dismissal,” they said. If the hearing is maintained, it should allow the judge to give a date for the filing of the motions of both parties (defense and accusation) and a theoretical date for the opening of the trial.

August 8. Nafissatou Diallo files a civil complaint against Dominique Strauss-Kahn to obtain damages after “the violent and sadistic aggression” of which she was allegedly a victim. The maid’s complaint refers to “the payment of damages in an amount to be determined during the trial”, in compensation for moral and physical damage.

August 23. The charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn are officially dropped, which puts an end to the criminal part of the case.

September 4. After more than four months in New York, Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Anne Sinclair returned to Paris.

December 10, 2012. A financial agreement between Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Nafissatou Diallo put an end, Monday, December 10, to this media-legal saga which will have lasted more than 18 months.

Fall 2021. A documentary is announced for the fall in which Dominique Strauss-Kahn would deliver his own version of the facts. “I never gave my version of the facts that marked my withdrawal from political life, others took care of it for me, speaking from press clippings, interviews and real facts or supposed. The time has come to express myself, “said the person concerned when the documentary’s release was announced.

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