NEW YORK Aug 22 Lawyers for the hotel maid who
accused former IMF director Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual
assault have filed a motion demanding that the Manhattan
district attorney's office be disqualified from the case.
The motion, filed Monday afternoon in state Supreme Court,
seeks the appointment of a special prosecutor and asks that the
case be stayed until a hearing can be held on the request.
Legal analysts say the unusual request is unlikely to
succeed. The move comes as the criminal case against
Strauss-Kahn is expected to be dismissed over questions about
the credibility of the woman at the center of the case.
Strauss-Kahn, who has denied the allegations, was the
leading contender for the April 2012 presidential elections
until Nafissatou Diallo accused him of forcing her to perform
oral sex on May 14 at New York's Sofitel Hotel.
In the motion, Diallo's lawyers harshly criticized the
district attorney's office for its "abusive" behavior towards
her and for what they called a mishandling of the prosecution.
"For weeks, the DA has attempted to undermine the
credibility of Ms. Diallo and the successful prosecution of the
charges pending against Defendant Strauss-Kahn," the court
"The DA has also treated Ms. Diallo abusively, victimizing
her further," the motion added.
The judge was not in court on Monday, a court clerk said,
so no immediate decision could be made on the motion. The clerk
said they were nevertheless trying to reach the judge today.
A spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office declined to
comment on the motion.
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(Reporting by Joseph Ax and Basil Katz, editing by Anthony