THE hotel maid who accused former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexually assaulting her in a New York hotel has been awarded an undisclosed sum after the two parties agreed to settle her civil lawsuit against him.

At a brief hearing in New York State Supreme Court, Justice Douglas McKeon said the terms of deal would remain confidential.

Mr Strauss-Kahn was not required to appear personally in New York but his accuser, Nafissatou Diallo, was present as the judge had ordered.

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The agreement ends a legal battle that began when Ms Diallo, 33, told police that Mr Strauss-Kahn attacked her in his suite at the Sofitel Hotel in Manhattan on May 14, 2011.

The resolution of the civil case brings Strauss-Kahn closer to ending his legal troubles, which have persisted since his return to France after the initial incident.

He is awaiting a decision by a French court on his request to halt an inquiry to determine whether he should stand trial on pimping charges related to sex parties attended by him and by prostitutes.