There is more bad news for Dominique Strauss-Kahn. A woman in France has officially accused him of trying to rape her during an interview in 2002.
It comes a few days after the majority of bail restrictions against the former head of the IMF were lifted due to concerns about the credibility of the woman who has accused him of rape and sexual assault in New York.
The French Socialist Party says Dominique Strauss-Kahn is unlikely to run for the French presidency next year. Before the allegation in New York he was the front-runner among potential Socialist candidates and for many observers, the one with the best chance of beating incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy.
A party spokesman said Strauss-Kahn would be given plenty of time to think about the situation, and even if he misses the deadline of July 13 for the primaries then no one will stand in his way.
That comment was made just hours before a lawyer for French journalist and writer Tristane Banon said his client would file an official complaint with police that Strauss-Kahn had tried to rape her nine years ago. Banon’s mother, a Socialist politician and friend of Strauss-Kahn, persuaded her daughter not to make a complaint at the time of the alleged assault.
Strauss-Kahn was accused of a number of sexual offences after allegedly attacking a chambermaid at this hotel in New York. The case is now reportedly close to collapse, although charges have not yet been dropped.
Latest research shows French public opinion is split down the middle over whether Strauss-Kahn could revive his political career.