Another blow to Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s reputation, an anonymous letter received by Thompson and Wigdor, counsel for Nafissatou Diallo. It seems as though Strauss-Kahn, currently facing a seven-count indictment for the alleged sexual attack on a New York maid, may have more legal issues if his alleged victim’s attorneys keep digging around Air France. Thompson and Wigdor have been encouraging female employees of the airline to solicit information regarding any inappropriate behavior they experienced while interacting with Strauss-Kahn.
Diallo’s attorneys have already received two accounts from displeased Air France employees and now have a letter alleging the existence of many many more. As reported by Le Parisien newspaper, it alleges that the airline, which has an arrangement with Strauss-Kahn to board any flight of his choice at his convenience, has received several hundred complaints from disgruntled employees and crew members. It further alleges that the airline had to implement a strict all-male crew when this once thought to be the future President of France was on board. A French magazine Le Point reported that even moments before Port Authority detectives arrested the man, he had hollered at a flight attendant “What a nice ass” as she prepared for takeoff.
Although a spokesperson from Air France stated that the airline denies all of the allegations pertaining to Dominique Strauss-Kahn, any more employees coming forward or mysterious letters turning up are sure to hurt this defendant’s case. Thompson and Wigdor certainly plan to use this alleged pattern of behavior to strengthen the credibility of their claim against the man.