Nafissatou Diallo

May 14, 2011: Nafissatou Diallo claims to have been sexually assaulted by Dominique Strauss-Kahn at the New York hotel where she is employed as a maid. At the time, he was the head of the IMF.

Although this attack almost certainly happened, on August 22 the District Attorney’s office files for discontinuance because Diallo had repeatedly undermined her credibility by lying to the authorities. Among those lies was the claim that she had been gang-raped by soldiers in her native Guinea, a claim she was said to have made with “great emotion and conviction”.

The girl who cried wolf: Nafissatou Diallo scored a strange but far from unique double whammy, becoming first a false rape accuser and then a bona fide sexual assault victim.

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