Hotel maid's gender-based law suit against Strauss-Kahn 'ambiguous': Lawyer
New York, July 20 (ANI): Former International Monetary Fund president Dominique Strauss-Kahn's lawyer has said the hotel maid who sued his client on charges of attempted rape is invoking a gender-based violence law that is too ambiguous.
According to the New York Post, Kahn's lawyers have asked the judge overseeing the case to disregard that part of her sexual assault claim.
"It isn't clear what that means", Strauss-Kahn's lawyers said.
Nafissatou Diallo's lawyers have said it should be clear that Strauss-Kahn, 63, has an animus toward women.
"Whether conduct is motivated by 'animus' is, by its very nature, a subjective and imprecise inquiry," they wrote.
The 12-year-old city law is 'impermissibly vague,' and the housekeeper is off-base in trying to apply it to Strauss-Kahn, William W. Taylor III and other attorneys for the former International Monetary Fund chief wrote in papers filed.
This is the latest attempt by Strauss-Kahn to fight the legal fallout from his May 2011 encounter with Nafissatou Diallo.
Diallo called it a sexual attack; however, Kahn termed it as consensual.
One of her lawyers, Douglas H. Wigdor, said he was confident the challenge to the gender-based violence law would prove futile.
The suit also makes assault and other claims that are more commonly argued. They are not addressed in Strauss-Kahn's latest filing, which asks a judge only to toss out the gender-motivated violence claim.
According to the report, the law lets people sue if they have been injured by a violent crime "due, at least in part, to an animus based on the victim's gender."
Strauss-Kahn also is suing the 33-year-old Diallo, making defamation and other claims. (ANI)
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