Jon Swaine, New York – The Telegraph – Wednesday, 18 May, 2011
The Manhattan hotel chambermaid who was allegedly sexually attacked by Dominique Strauss-Kahn has had her ‘world turned upside down’, her lawyer said
In his first public comments since taking on the 32-year-old Sofitel maid’s case, Jeffrey Shapiro said the trauma she experienced during and after the alleged assault had been “extraordinary”.
The maid alleges that when she arrived to clean the IMF managing director’s suite at noon on Saturday, he locked her inside, attempted to rape her and forced her to give him oral sex.
Before the alleged attack, she lived in a small flat in The Bronx, the northernmost borough of New York City, with her teenage daughter.
“Her world has been turned upside down,” said Mr Shapiro. “This is a person who was a hardworking woman, she’s a single mother supporting a 15-year-old young woman. . .