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Judge to rule later on civil suit vs. Strauss-Kahn

Judge won't rule right away on whether NYC hotel maid's lawsuit vs. Strauss-Kahn can proceed By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) ' A judge says he won't rule immediately on whether to dismiss a hotel maid's lawsuit alleging that Dominique Strauss-Kahn sexually assaulted her in New York City.

Bronx state Supreme Court Justice Douglas McKeon heard arguments Wednesday in the housekeeper's civil case.

She says Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her in his Manhattan hotel suite in May. Strauss-Kahn has denied doing anything violent during the encounter.

Prosecutors dropped related criminal charges last summer.

Strauss-Kahn's lawyers say the civil suit also should be dismissed. They say he has diplomatic immunity from the suit because of his former post as head of the International Monetary Fund. He resigned shortly after his arrest.

The maid's lawyers say the immunity claim is off-base. They note that it relies on a United Nations agreement the U.S. didn't sign.

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