The 32-year-old African-American woman allegedly sexually assaulted by the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Dominique Strauss-Kahn is thought to be originally from Ghana, the Daily Mail, a British publication has said.
The report identifies her as a single mother who it added has been described by a friend as ‘a sweet lady’.
The friend cited by the publication says the woman is ‘reserved and quiet’.
According to the report she has been working at the hotel for about four years. “And she is well liked”, the friend reportedly told the Mail.
Reports on Sunday say the woman told New York Police that she was asked to clean the spacious $3,000-a-night suite where Strauss-Kahn was staying. She was told it was empty.
She then alleges that Strauss-Kahn emerged naked from a bathroom, chased her down a hallway, pulled her into a bedroom and began sexually assaulting her, at one point attempting to force her to perform oral sex, the reports say.
She however, managed to escape, according to the reports and told her story to hotel staff who called the police.
Strauss-Kahn, the police said appeared to have “left the hotel in a hurry”, because he left behind his mobile phone and some personal belongings.
Police pulled him out of an Air France plane due to fly to Europe and arrested him.
A New York Police spokesman cited by the media said that Strauss-Kahn has been charged with attempted rape, carrying out a criminal sex act and unlawful imprisonment.
The 62-year-old Strauss-Kahn now faces sex assault charges in a New York court.
By Emmanuel K. Dogbevi