AP source: Strauss-Kahn, N.Y. hotel maid to settle

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NEW YORK — Word of a settlement agreement between former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and a hotel maid who accused him of trying to rape her could bring an end to a saga that has tarnished Strauss-Kahn’s reputation, ended his hopes for the French presidency and renewed a debate about the credibility of sexual assault accusers.

A person familiar with the New York case said Thursday that lawyers for Strauss-Kahn and the housekeeper, Nafissatou Diallo, made the as-yet-unsigned agreement within recent days, with Bronx Supreme Court Justice Douglas McKeon facilitating that and a separate agreement to end another lawsuit Diallo filed against the New York Post. A court date is expected next week, though the day wasn’t set, the person said.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity to discuss the private agreement.

Strauss-Kahn will pay $6 million to Diallo, according to the French newspaper Le Monde, which cited people close to the French politician. They said he would take out a bank loan for half the amount and borrow the other half from his wife, Anne Sinclair.

The two have separated,

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