Strauss-Kahn in preliminary deal with maid in civil case: source

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Former IMF head Strauss-Kahn arrives at a polling station in the second round of the 2012 French presidential elections in SarcellesNEW YORK (Reuters) – Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and the hotel maid who accused him of sexually assaulting her last year have reached a preliminary agreement to settle the civil lawsuit she brought against him, a person familiar with the case said. The person, however, cautioned that the agreement could still fall apart. The development was first reported by the New York Times, which cited people with knowledge of the case. Lawyers for Strauss-Kahn and the maid, Nafissatou Diallo, will appear before a judge in New York next week, the Times reported. …