What is likely to be a fierce legal battle in the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case appears to have started in earnest.
The lawyer of the hotel chambermaid who accuses the former IMF chief of sexual assault has launched an appeal on French state television for other alleged victims to come forward.
Kenneth Thompson said on France 2: “What we want to discover is if there are any other women in France or in Africa who may have been abused by Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Please, call me, contact me. We want to help you. We want to talk to you.”
A young French woman is considering making a complaint against Strauss-Kahn over an alleged sexual assault in 2002. However, Tristane Banon’s lawyer says she does not want to testify in the US.
Strauss-Kahn, who was formerly seen as a favourite to become French president, has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. His lawyers say they are confident he will be found innocent.