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Attorney for Nafissatou Diallo Says Taped Conversation Was Misinterpreted

Shannon Stapleton-Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The attorney for Nafissatou Diallo, the hotel maid who accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault, said a taped conversation between his client and a friend had been misinterpreted.

“The quote attributed to Nafi, "He has a lot of money.  And I know what to do" is NOT on the tape according to a Fulani interpreter retained by the District Attorney's Office,” Ken Thompson said.

That conversation is, in part, what led Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance to have “concerns” about Diallo’s credibility.  Prosecutors from his office spent almost eight hours with Diallo Wednesday as they consider whether to go forward with the case.  

Erin Duggan, a spokeswoman for Vance, declined to comment on the substance of the conversation, saying “This is a pending criminal case.  We will have no comment on evidence, or on any meetings between prosecutors and witnesses, civil attorneys, or defense counsel.”

Strauss-Kahn has denied all criminal wrongdoing and his attorneys have said all charges must be dismissed.

Diallo broke her public silence this week in an exclusive broadcast interview with ABC News during which she said she “wants justice” and wants Strauss-Kahn to go to jail.  Today she will appear in Brooklyn to thank her supporters.

The phone call that raised questions inside the district attorney’s office was between Diallo and an inmate at an Arizona immigration jail, someone Diallo describes as a “friend.”   

When prosecutors first heard the recordings they believed Diallo alluded to Strauss-Kahn’s money.  Thompson said after listening to the recordings on Wednesday he heard something different.

“Nafi Diallo was sexually assaulted and almost raped by one of the most powerful men on earth and that she told her friend, the person in jail, what he did to her the very first time they spoke. That is critical, because many of you are under the impression that the first time they spoke they were talking about how to get his money,” Thompson said.

The phone call is not the only reason prosecutors have said they have to reassess the strength of their case.  Diallo lied on her application for asylum and investigators believe she told them two different stories about what happened in the aftermath of her encounter with Strauss-Kahn.

In her interview with ABC News Diallo conceded she made “mistakes” but said they should not preclude the district attorney’s office from bringing Strauss-Kahn to trial.

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