dominique-strauss-kahn.jpgThe New York hotel maid who accuses former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempting to rape her in a hotel suite has given her first interview.

The move comes as authorities consider whether to drop charges against him amid doubts over her credibility.

The French politician, 62, who resigned as head of the IMF to defend himself, vigorously denies all the charges.

He has said that what happened with Ms Diallo was consensual, and his lawyers have described the maid’s interview as “unseemly”.

Ms Diallo told reporters magazine: “I want him to go to jail. I want him to know there are some places you cannot use your power, you cannot use your money.”

The 32-year-old immigrant from Guinea told the magazine that she was scared about losing her job when she eventually ran from the room where the incident allegedly took place.

But Mr Strauss-Kahn’s representatives accused her of conducting a “media campaign” to persuade prosecutors to pursue charges against the former IMF chief, reports say.

He is charged with seven counts including four more serious felony charges – two of criminal sexual acts, one of attempted rape and one of sexual abuse – plus three misdemeanour offences, including unlawful imprisonment.

Strauss-Kahn allegations
•    2006: Publication of Sexus Politicus, book by Christophe Deloire and Christophe Dubois, with chapter on Mr Strauss-Kahn and his tendency of “seduction to the point of obsession”
•    2008: Mr Strauss-Kahn admits an affair with IMF colleague; he admits an “error of judgement”
•    2011: Mr Strauss-Kahn arrested on 14 May in New York, accused of sexually assaulting a hotel maid
•    16 May: Writer Tristane Banon comes forward to say Mr Strauss-Kahn tried to assault her in an interview nearly a decade before
•    1 July: Mr Strauss-Kahn freed without bail from New York house arrest

But some US media reports say the case is close to collapse. Court prosecutors have said that the maid gave false testimony to a grand jury, citing inconsistencies in her account of the sequence of events on the day.

Mr Strauss-Kahn was released from house arrest on 1 July and had his $6m cash bail and bond returned.

Meanwhile, French authorities are investigating allegations that Mr Strauss-Kahn attempted to rape French writer Tristane Banon a

decade earlier.

Mr Strauss-Kahn denies any wrongdoing, and has launched a counter-claim, suing Ms Banon for making false statements.

Until she came forward for interview, her name had not been reported by media outlets which normally protect the identities of people who say they have been sexually assaulted.