Strauss-Kahn ‘ready to pay maid £3.5m’

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Former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has reached a preliminary agreement with the hotel maid who accused him of sexual assault last year, sources familiar with the case have said.

The move would settle a civil lawsuit brought by the maid.

But a source in New York said the agreement could still fall apart, the French daily newspaper Le Monde reported.

It cited people close to Strauss-Kahn suggesting that the parties had agreed on a payment of 
$6 million (£3.7m) .

Le Monde said 63-year-old Strauss-Kahn and the maid, Nafissatou Diallo, would meet a judge in New York on 7 December to sign the deal and close an affair that ended the Frenchman’s IMF career and wrecked his presidential ambitions as a potential socialist candidate.

“The discussions have been going on for weeks, months. The agreement should be confirmed at the start of next week,” Michele Saban, a friend of Strauss-Kahnsaid.

“We are moving towards the end of a tragedy,” she said, adding that Ms Diallo had always been open to negotiating a settlement despite reticence from her lawyers.

Le Monde said Strauss-Kahn planned to take out a bank loan for $3m and would be lent the other $3m by his wife Anne Sinclair, from whom he separated in the summer.