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