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Lawyer for Former IMF Chief's Alleged Sex Assault Victim: 'She's Scared Out of Her Mind'

This is a rush transcript from "On the Record," May 18, 2011. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: IMF Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn wants out of jail. He wants a bond and tomorrow he may get that chance. His lawyers got him a bail hearing and, of course, Strauss-Kahn is facing serious charges after being accused of trying to rape a maid at a fancy New York City hotel. Earlier today, Jeffrey Shapiro, the woman's attorney, went "On the Record."

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VAN SUSTEREN: So, how is your client? How's she doing?

JEFFREY SHAPIRO, ATTORNEY FOR STRAUSS-KAHN ACCUSER: Well, you know, I guess she's as good as could be expected under the circumstances. This is someone who had an extraordinarily traumatic horrible thing happen to her and since then she has been in a whirlwind of activity with the New York City Police Department and the District Attorney's office and culminating, you know, in an appearance before the grand jury and she was separated from her daughter for a considerable period of time. She can't go home, can't go back to work. But, all those things considered, she's a strong woman and is doing remarkably well.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right, now, obviously, she's going to get grilled pretty aggressively by the defense and she's going to be asked a lot of questions, not to put her on trial but simply to see whether or not if the State can make the case against the accused. So, I'm curious. Physical evidence, did they take fingernail scrapings from her?

SHAPIRO: Well, I'm not at liberty to discuss any of the forensic evidence. That's solely within the province and control of the District Attorney's office.

VAN SUSTEREN: Well, it may be in their control but -- but, I mean, they -- you could still tell us, I mean there's no secret on that, there's no impediment to disclosing that, if the test was taken.

SHAPIRO: You know what, my commitment to the district attorney is not to do anything which could in any way affect their case. That's not my intent in this, not my client's wish. So, I think they'd prefer me not to discuss their evidence and if I were a lawyer I wouldn't want anybody talking about my evidence -- I mean, if I were trying the case I wouldn't want anybody talking about my evidence. So, I'll respect that and honor that commitment.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right. I didn't ask for the results, which is a little different. I'm just curious about the thoroughness of whether or not they're doing sort of the rudimentary tests, I mean, you know, whether they -- whether they did fingernail scrapings, whether they took photographs of her, whether they get cameras from the halls, whether they've done a thorough, you know, investigation, you know, whether they have given him the opportunity to speak to them. I'm sure that he invoked his right. I'm just trying to understand the investigation to see how they're approaching.

SHAPIRO: Well, I didn't conduct the investigation, you know, they did. So, I think you have to ask them that question.

VAN SUSTEREN: I have read in at least one newspaper that she has been an employee of this hotel for several years and has been a good employee, that there have been no incidences, no problem with her, no other accusations for instance.

SHAPIRO: Yes. Not only -- yes, she has actually been employed by this hotel for three years and Sofitel General Council of the hotel called me this morning to say that they would like it to be known that they support her in every respect, that they stand by her and they would like her to come back to work and they are very supportive of her in every possible respect.

VAN SUSTEREN: Had she ever heard of this man before or heard his name or even seen his picture or seen him in the hotel or anything or was this like totally -- this was the first time she'd ever encountered him?

SHAPIRO: This was the first time she ever encountered him. In fact, didn't know who this guy was either personally or in the world until the day after this took place.

VAN SUSTEREN: And, I understand that she made a quick report right after that. She went to some personnel -- that she didn't make the 911 call but somebody else did?

SHAPIRO: Yes, she reported this to security and she was correct in realizing that that's what she was supposed to do and then the authorities were contacted. The Police Department was contacted.

VAN SUSTEREN: And the media's been all over her like a wet suit since then.

SHAPIRO: Oh man, you know, here's someone who lives in an apartment. She attempted to go home at one point. There were like 30, you know, camera crews outside of her apartment. She was scared out of her mind. She has not been able to go home. She was afraid for her daughter to be there so her daughter had to stay with someone. They were separated from one another. She doesn't feel she can ever go home. She doesn't feel that she can go back to work because she's afraid to walk on the street. This is someone who lived a very private simple life who is now, you know, through no fault of her own has been thrown onto the world stage with all this scrutiny which she absolutely doesn't want in any shape or form.

VAN SUSTEREN: Now, if -- if this crime happened and then wait and ... so wait until its proven beyond a reasonable doubt but I have -- you know, I've -- totally -- I mean, I'm totally -- I understand the situation but if it turns out that he -- that it's proven beyond a reasonable doubt or even if it hasn't been, does she intend to sue him for damages and I'm asking you this not in an accusatory fashion because I happen to believe that someone who has been wronged has -- you know, should be compensated. But is that, is that your discussion with her.

SHAPIRO: We've had no discussion in that respect. That's not something that she's brought up. It's not something that she's told me she has even a slight concern about. Her only concern about is what do I do next? What's going to be my day tomorrow? There's been no discussion whatsoever about a civil lawsuit?

VAN SUSTEREN: Does she worry that he may make -- that he may get a bond and make bond?

SHAPIRO: You know, I think she worries about stepping onto the public sidewalk and she feels that this is someone who has, you know, great wealth and great power and great ability to do something which could be harmful to her or to her daughter, so, yes. Absolutely.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right, and -- and please understand that some of our rough start at the beginning of this was not meant to be disrespectful of you or your client but merely to try to get more information about an investigation that many are interested in.

SHAPIRO: Hey, Greta, I'm a lawyer, I try cases, I get beat up all the time and I try to beat up my adversary. I get it.

VAN SUSTEREN: Well, you should -- you should be on TV and get viewer e-mail. Believe me, they're going to fry me for doing that in the beginning of this. So, don't worry.

SHAPIRO: Send them -- send them all to her at her personal e-mail address. I'll be happy to hear about it.

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