Manhattan federal judge recommended today that an Egyptian banker who sexually assaulted a maid inside his $900-a-night room at The Pierre pay the woman $350,000
An Egyptian banker who used Strauss-Kahn’s sexual hijinks with a hotel maid should cough up $350,000 for his own ham-handed effort at a copy-cat caper, a judge said today.
Mahmoud Abdel-Salam Omar “not only demonstrated utter disregard for his victim’s right to be left alone, but he committed an admittedly criminal act,” Manhattan federal Magistrate Judge Michael Dolinger wrote.
Dolinger recommended that Omar be slapped with $250,000 in compensatory damages and another $100,000 in punitive damages for groping a housekeeper at the swanky Pierre Hotel last year.
The woman testified at an inquest that Omar grabbed her in a bear hug, kissed her lips and neck, squeezed her breasts and rubbed his crotch against her after she went to his room to deliver some tissues he requested.
Dolinger said the timing of the May 29 incident — just days after DSK’s arrest for allegedly attacking a maid at the Sofitel hotel in Times Square — left it “difficult to reject” the idea that Omar “was somewhat influenced by that story to believe that he might have some freedom to indulge his tastes.”
Omar pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sex abuse and returned to Egypt, while the case against DSK was dropped after prosecutors caught accuser Nafissatou Diallo in a number of lies.
They’re currently embroiled in civil litigation in The Bronx.
Omar, however, never responded after his victim slapped him with a $5 million civil suit, and he was found in default last year.
Lawyer John Grill, who represents Omar’s victim, said he was “pleased” by Dolinger’s recommendation and would be serving subpoenas to see if Omar has any funds that can be seized in the U.S.
“We’re really not certain if there are any assets still here but if there are, we’ll find them,” he vowed.
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