Media Swarm as Strauss-Kahn Accuser Goes Public in Church

More than 200 members of the news media came to the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn yesterday to hear Nafissatou Diallo, who accuses former International Monetary Fund director Dominique Strauss-Kahn of forcing her to perform a sex act in May. With satellite trucks beaming the event around the world, says the New York Times, the church parking lot looked like the one outside a Los Angeles courthouse during the O.J. Simpson trial.
Her appearance amounted to a few minutes for Diallo, 32, to express her anguish. It was also a moment of high-stakes political theater, set in one of New York City's largest black churches, summoning echoes of racially charged cases in recent city history. The Times calls it a “delicate public recasting” of Diallo by her lawyers. It also suggested a delicate public recasting of Ms. Diallo by her lawyers: She was now not an anonymous accuser exposed as a frequent liar by prosecutors. She was the trembling, hard-working single mother who had been violently assaulted by Strauss-Kahn and wronged by Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance. Her supporters demanded that Vance move the case ahead or give way to a special prosecutor

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