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Maid 'will tell world what ex-IMF boss did to her'

By David Usborne

Lawyers for the maid who has accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of criminal sexual assault in a New York hotel room served notice yesterday that she will testify at his trial and "tell the world" what he inflicted upon her, as the former IMF chief was met with a chorus of heckling from hotel workers outside a Manhattan courthouse.

The warning was delivered minutes after Mr Strauss-Kahn entered a 'not guilty' plea to the seven charges filed against him.

"She is going to come into this courthouse, get into that witness stand and tell the world what Dominique Strauss (Kahn) did to her," a lawyer for the maid, Kenneth Thompson, declared outside the court. "The victim wants you to know that all of Dominique Strauss-Kahn's power, money and influence throughout the world will not keep the truth about what he did to her in that hotel room from coming out."

Theatrics outside the court yesterday were further stoked by hotel maids pushing against police barriers jeering Mr Strauss-Kahn as he, accompanied by his defence team and his wife, Anne Sinclair, arrived for his formal arraignment. The hotel employees, bussed in by their union, cried "shame" as he walked past.

Mr Strauss-Kahn, who is free on a cash and bond bail totalling $6m (£3.7m) but must stay in a rented luxury townhouse just blocks from the court house, looked away as seven charges were read out by a court official.

In a voice that seemed confident and even defiant, he replied "not guilty" when asked by Judge Michael Obus how he wished to plead. The next hearing is set for July 18.

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