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Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been refused bail by a New York court on sex offence charges (AP)

Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been refused bail by a New York court on sex offence charges (AP)

Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been refused bail by a New York court on sex offence charges (AP)

The lawyer for a hotel maid who accused IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual abuse says she feels "alone in the world" and is telling the truth.

Lawyer Jeffrey Shapiro says the maid, who has not been identified, is an immigrant from the West African nation of Guinea with a 15-year-old daughter.

He says she had no idea who Strauss-Kahn was until a day or two after she was attacked on Saturday.

Mr Shapiro says his client's story of being attacked by Strauss-Kahn in his Sofitel hotel suite is "consistent" because she is telling the truth.

The 62-year-old Strauss-Kahn is jailed in New York on charges including attempted rape after being denied bail on Monday. His lawyer has said that he is innocent.

"There is no way in which there is any aspect of this event which could be construed consensual in any manner," Shapiro said. "This is nothing other than a physical, sexual assault by this man on this young woman."

He continued: "It's not just my opinion that this woman is honest. The New York City Police Department reached the same conclusion." He added, "This is a woman with no agenda."

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She arrived seven years ago in the United States from Guinea under "very difficult circumstances," Shapiro said, and lives in the city with her 15-year-old daughter.

"She did not know who this man was until a day or two after this took place," Shapiro said. "She had no idea who the man was."

Other allegations of sexual misbehaviour by Strauss-Kahn have begun to circulate since his arrest.


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