Unfazed by threats that DSK's legal team would sue her for defamation if she proceeded to accuse the former IMF head of sexual assault, France 24 has just reported that Tristane Banon has formally filed an official legal complaint against DSK.
French writer files attempted rape complaint against Strauss-Kahn
French journalist and writer Tristane Banon has filed a legal complaint alleging that former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn attempted to rape her while she was interviewing him in a Paris apartment in 2003, her lawyer said.
A young author filed a sex assault complaint against former
International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn on Tuesday,
opening a new and potentially ugly episode in the legal woes of a man
once seen as a top contender for the presidency of France.
lawyer for Tristane Banon, 31, told The Associated Press that he had
filed a formal complaint by mail asking prosecutors to open an
investigation into her allegation that he tried to rape her in his
apartment during a book interview in 2003.
Strauss-Kahn’s allies in the opposition Socialist Party say Banon is
part of a conspiracy to undermine the 62-year-old former IMF chief. His
personal and political future looked suddenly brighter last week after
New York prosecutors said they had doubts about the credibility of a
maid accusing him of attempted rape in her hotel room.
Banon came forward in the press after weeks of remaining mostly
silent, saying in an interview published Tuesday that she was finally
trying to clear her own name of suspicion that she had fabricated the
Tristane Banon told French news magazine L’Express that she was tired of hearing “lies and rumors” told about the incident.
“I can’t take it anymore hearing that I must be lying because I haven’t filed suit,” Banon said.
Strauss-Kahn has labeled Banon’s account “imaginary” and has threatened to file a criminal complaint of slander against her.
Strauss-Kahn is free on bail in New York, charged with attempted rape
and other crimes. He resigned from his job as IMF chief to fight the
Banon said she had waited eight years before filing her complaint
because “it’s very difficult for any woman in this situation ... and
it’s even more difficult when you know in advance that it’s doomed to