Diallo, Strauss-Kahn’s accuser, goes public for sympathy and money: If money were to be found up in the trees, most people would be married to monkeys

The Strauss-Kahn saga is not over yet. Diallo, the hotel maid who accused the former IMF chief of rape, has given her first interview to the media. She moved from hiding to going public to give her side of the story. Is it a good strategy or bad strategy from her lawyer? For sure, the charges against Strauss-Kahn are weak and the case almost thrown out. Who to believe?

Nafissatou Diallo’s move sounds like a desperate move to gain credibility and make money by sharing her story with the media. Americans love sensational news. American media and book publishing companies love to reward bad behavior simply by competing to be the first to get a first interview with anybody who has done good or bad. We have seen the obsession of the media with the “Octo-mom” and rumors about which TV new show will give the first interview to a criminal such as Casey Anthony in exchange for money.

Nafissatou Diallo is talking now to look for sympathy and for money. As the Bahoule of Ivory Coast say, “If money were to be found up in the trees, most people would be married to monkeys.”

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