NEW YORK (PIX11)—Calls of conspiracy are echoing across the Atlantic over a just released tape from surveillance video at the Sofitel in May. It is edited to show several scenes. But it is now raising far more questions than it answers.
The tape shows three vignettes; Dominique Strauss Kahn checking out and leaving the Sofitel in May of 2011, Nifisatou Diallo talking to supervisors and security and apparently re-enacting the alleged attack by DSK in his suite and two security officers gyrating in what's been called by some as a 'victory dance.'
Who released the tape? And does it prove, as some in France are suggesting, that Diallo conspired against and tried to set up the possible future president of France.
Her attorneys, Jenneth P. Thompson and Doug Wigdor called a press conference to address the tape the day it hit the Internet.
"Somebody leaked this to the press for a reason so you could be fooled into thinking DSK victim of a plot," said Thompson as he played the video on the law firm's conference room wall in front of a dozen cameras, half from international news outlets.
Diallo's attorneys say one portion of the tape shows her reenacting the sexual assault for her supervisors, complete with a recreation of DSK pushing her to the back of the suite he rented before sexually assaulting her, all in just six minutes.
"How did DSK's DNA get all over uniform in 6 minutes? Let's keep focused. At the end of the day there will be a trial in this case," Thompson said. And he posed another question to the assembled journalists, "Do you really think all these employees came together and planned the fall of DSK so he couldn't be the president of France?"
Both attorneys say they've been blocked from getting the surveillance from the Sofitel by DSK's attorneys, who filed a motion claiming diplomatic immunity. So the question remains: who exactly released them?
Doug Wigdor, co-counsel with Thompson answered it as much as he could. "It's not a conspiracy, but a press relations move to use you the media to get this out there."
The Sofitel hotel's attorney called the release of the video "Unauthorized". Further denying involvement saying "the notion that the video released today establishes evidence of Accor's involvement in a conspiracy is nonsense. These two men said they couldn't specifically remember why they did this, but I know that they were both relieved that the housekeeper had just made the decision to allow the hotel to call the police."
When asked for conment, Ben Brafman, a New York based attorney for Strauss-Kahn, sent out a simple message that read in total, "Not talking today."
But plenty of others are talking about it.