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Jul 25, 2011 8:11 AM by Kate Richards

Strauss-Kahn's accuser speaks out

NEW YORK (AP) - The hotel housekeeper accusing Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault says she learned he was a French political figure from news reports.

Nafissatou Diallo says she didn't know Strauss-Kahn was the head of the International Monetary Fund or a possible candidate for the French presidency when she made the allegations.
She tells ABC's "Good Morning America" that when she found out, she says she cried and thought: "They're going to kill me. I'm going to die."

Diallo spoke to Newsweek and ABC, which aired a portion of her interview Monday morning.

Diallo's decision to speak out in media interviews is an unusual move for an accuser.

Strauss-Kahn denies the allegations. His attorneys say any sexual encounter wasn't forced.

Prosecutors are weighing whether to press ahead with the case amid concerns about her credibility.

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