A French writer has formally filed a legal complaint in Paris against the ex-head of the IMF Dominique Strauss-Kahn alleging attempted sexual assault.
Tristane Banon’s claim emerged as a similar case against Strauss-Kahn in New York appeared to be crumbling.
In Paris, Banon’s lawyer responded to claims that it is a conspiracy against the Socialist Party. David Koubbi said:
“It is certainly not in my intention to make it a political case. Nevertheless, if politicians want to obstruct Tristane Banon’s defence, they will be considered adversaries.”
The writer alleges Strauss-Kahn attempted to sexually assault her in 2003 when she was 22 years old, but she was persuaded at the time not to bring charges. Now the papers have been formally lodged it is down to the public prosecutor.
Legal analyst Christopher Mesnooh said:
“Either he can open his own inquiry, refer it to an investigating judge or he can decide that there is not enough substance to the complaint and simply dismiss the entire proceedings – which is what we think is going to happen with the case in New York.’
Similar allegations against Strauss-Kahn in New York are on the verge of collapse according to the New York Post, after the alleged victim’s credibility was called into question.
She is now suing the paper for calling her a prostitute.
Prosecutors maintained the investigation was still active when Strauss-Kahn left court last week, but now they are reported to be ready to throw in the towel within the next two weeks.