Lawyers for a French journalist have begun formal legal proceedings in Paris accusing the former head of the IMF Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempting to sexually assault her.
Thirty-two year old Tristane Banon claims the assault happened in Paris in 2003. At the time the writer’s mother, a prominent figure in the Socialist Party, persuaded Banon not to take action.
Banon’s lawyer said she had decided two weeks ago to pursue Strauss-Kahn. She was quoted in French media saying she could no longer bear being called a liar.
The French case emerged as reports in the United States claimed prosecutors there are on the verge of dropping a separate sex assault case against Strauss-Kahn.
He was released from house arrest last week after doubts emerged about the credibility of the alleged victim, a chambermaid at the hotel where Strauss-Kahn was staying.
As he emerged from court in New York the investigation was still underway, though latest reports suggest it might be dropped within the next fortnight.