Friends of IMF ex-chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn have contacted family of the maid who is accusing him of attempted rape in attempts to pay them off for her silence, the New York Post has learned.
Friends of Strauss-Kahn, who is currently under house arrest in New York awaiting his June 6 court date, reached out to the maid's impoverished extended family living in Guinea in West Africa. They have offered money to her family members to pressure her to drop her allegations that Strauss-Kahn attacked her in a hotel room.
Reports the Post:
"They already talked with her family," a French businesswoman with close ties to Strauss-Kahn and his family told The Post. "For sure, it's going to end up on a quiet note."
"He'll get out of it and will fly back to France. He won't spend time in jail. The woman will get a lot of money," said the source, adding that a seven-figure sum has been bandied about.
Seven figures is a lot of money in a nation where the average monthly income is $45. The maid reportedly emigrated to the U.S. from Guinea a few years ago.
Associates of DSK can't reach the maid as she and her 15 year-old daughter are in protective custody. The Manhattan District Attorney has warned her family members in Africa not to accept calls from his friends and associates.
Just yesterday, it was revealed that semen matching Strauss-Kahn's DNA was found on the maid's uniform.