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

Colleen Long, Associated Press

This combo made from file photos shows former IMF leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn on June 6, 2011, left, and Nafissatou Diallo on July 28, 2011, in New York. While Strauss-Kahn faces fresh charges in his native France amid a prostitution ring probe, a judge in New York may decide whether to allow a civil case against him filed by Diallo, the hotel maid who said he sexually assaulted her. The first hearing is likely to deal with complex laws that shield diplomats from prosecution and lawsuits in their host countries. (AP Photos)

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.