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Lawyer: Indian housekeeper did not extort money

NEW YORK (AP) - The lawyer for the housekeeper at the center of a diplomatic furor between the U.S and India is denying accusations that her client tried to blackmail the employer.

Attorney Dana Sussman said Thursday the housekeeper worked long hours for little pay for Devyani Khobragade, India's deputy consul general in New York.

She eventually left the home and sought help from the Indian community in New York. She was pointed to a nonprofit that has an anti-trafficking program, where she met Sussman. Together, they went to the State Department.

Khobragade was then investigated and arrested.

The case has caused outrage in India, where many say that Khobragade has been mistreated, and the foreign minister demanded the U.S. drop the charges, saying the housekeeper was blackmailing Khobragade.