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Judge Rejects ‘Hail Mary’ Motion for Diplomatic Immunity from DSK

A Bronx judge today pushed forward the sex-assault lawsuit against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, calling his claim of diplomatic immunity a desperate “Hail Mary.” The former International Monetary Fund chief tried to claim international protection in a civil lawsuit against him last August by Nafissatou Diallo, who claims he sexually assaulted her in a “violent and sadistic attack” in the Midtown Sofitel Hotel last year. 

“Confronted with the well-stated law that his voluntary resignation from the IMF terminated any immunity which he enjoyed, Mr. Strauss-Kahn threw [legally speaking that is] his own version of a ‘Hail Mary’ pass,” State Supreme Court Justice Douglas McKeon wrote in a 12-page decision.

The ruling allows Diallo’s lawyers to move forward with their lawsuit and eventually force DSK, through subpoena, to return to New York for deposition.

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