Judge Denies Diplomatic Immunity in Sexual Abuse Suit.
"The reputation of a thousand years may be determined by the conduct of an hour."
A Japanese proverb that appeared in the IMF's 2011 ethics report.
The hotel maid who alleged that the former International Monetary Fund (IMF) head, tried to rape her in his Sofitel Hotel suite in New York City in May 2011, filed a civil sexual assault lawsuit seeking damages.
In May 2011, she of forcing her to perform fellatio and pressed criminal charges against him. The accused claimed that the encounter was consensual. DNA evidence suggested that a sexual encounter did take place between them. However, in August 2011, the prosecution dropped the criminal charges in the case saying that accuser had changed her account of her actions immediately after the incident.
A year after the incident of sexual abuse, the sexual assault victim filed a civil lawsuit in New York alleging sexual abuse and assault and seeking money damages. Defendant attempted to have the case dismissed on the grounds of diplomatic immunity. Diplomatic immunity is a form of legal immunity held between governments that ensures that diplomats are given safe passage and are considered not susceptible to lawsuit or prosecution under the country's laws.
In May 2012, Bronx Supreme Court Justice Douglas McKeon rejected the defense of diplomatic immunity saying that the voluntary resignation from the IMF terminated the immunity which he enjoyed. The judge also noted that defendant did not claim the defense of diplomatic immunity last year in his criminal case.
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