The New York Post reports that the woman accusing IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault lived in an apartment exclusively for patients with HIV and AIDS.
The hotel maid, a West African immigrant, has occupied the fourth-floor High Bridge pad with her 15-year-old daughter since January -- and before that, lived in another Bronx apartment set aside by Harlem Community AIDS United strictly for adults with the virus and their families.
UPDATE: The woman's lawyer denies that his client has HIV or AIDS. On the Today Show, Jeffrey Shapiro called claims that the accuser has AIDS or HIV "outrageous."
"She lived in a sublet apartment in the Bronx," Shapiro said.
Original story below:
The Post was unable to confirm if the accuser has HIV or AIDS because of medical confidentiality laws, but the paper allegedly confirmed that the agency rents apartments only for adults with the disease. A Harlem United employee said at least one adult in the apartment must be HIV-positive or have AIDS to qualify to live in one of the residences. Sources told the Post that only the alleged victim and her child lived in the apartment.
Strauss-Kahn is accused of forcing the woman to perform oral sex on him.
She told police that after the forced act, she spit his semen onto the floor. According to the federal Centers for Disease Control: "It is possible for either partner to become infected with HIV through performing or receiving oral sex."
Strauss-Kahn is on suicide watch at Rikers Island jail.
Calls intensified for Strauss-Kahn to step down as head of the International Monetary Fund, with U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner saying Strauss-Kahn "is obviously not in a position to run" the agency.