NEW YORK - Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn must face a civil trial over an alleged assault in New York, a judge here ruled Tuesday, rejecting his last ditch attempt to claim diplomatic immunity. The judge hearing the suit brought by Nafissatou Diallo ruled Kahn had lost immunity because he'd resigned from the IMF well before the civil action was lodged. Bronx Supreme Court Judge Douglas McKeon called Strauss-Kahn's attempt to escape the civil trial "his own version of a 'Hail Mary pass'," -- an American football reference to the often desperate, long-distance throw a team will attempt in the final seconds of a losing game.
Criminal charges were filed, but then dropped when Manhattan prosecutors decided that Diallo would not make a credible witness. She subsequently filed the civil suit seeking unspecified damages over what she says was a brutal and "sadistic" assault by one of the world's most powerful men.