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Dominique Strauss-Kahn won't get diplomatic immunity in NY case

A judge has ruled that a civil sex assault case filed against the former IMF head by a New York hotel maid can proceed.

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Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn prepares to speak at an economic forum in Beijing on December 19, 2011. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

Dominique Strauss-Kahn has got trouble in New York. 

The New York Post reports that a judge there has decided a civil sex assault lawsuit filed by a hotel maid against Strauss-Kahn can proceed. 

Strauss-Kahn's lawyers had tried to argue the former head of the International Monetary Fund was protected by diplomatic immunity, but that claim was shot down. The US never signed the United Nation's diplomatic immunity agreement it refers to, the Associated Press noted.

Strauss-Kahn also had left the IMF by the time the suit was filed, the judge said. 

The woman at the center of the case has accused Strauss-Kahn of forcing her to perform oral sex on him. He maintains it was a consensual encounter.

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The case is just one in a string of sexual allegations that have been lobbed at the French economist who had been viewed as a contender for the French presidency. 

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Criminal charges against Strauss-Kahn in the latest case were dropped in August, but by then Strauss-Kahn had already been forced to resign from the IMF and spend some time at Rikers Island. 

This latest bit of bad news likely isn't the only thing weighing on DSK's mind right now. He's also been linked to an upscale prostitution ring in France and could face up to 20 years in jail if convicted of charges pending against him in France. 

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