French journalist Tristane Banon has spoken for the first time on television since officially accusing Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexually assaulting her.
She claims the alleged attack happened in 2003 during an interview with the former IMF chief.
She was asked why she had waited eight years before going to the police.
“I realised that the only way to put all of this behind me was by filing a complaint and to allow the justice system to recognise officially that I’m a victim,” answered Tristane Banon.
For his part Strauss-Kahn, who is currently on bail in New York on an attempted rape charge of a hotel chamber maid, denies Banon’s allegations and intends to sue.
His lawyer in the US, Bill Taylor, who is focusing on the case there explained to journalists there was no significance in a delay for his client’s next court appearance.
“There are no agreements or bargains which Mr. Strauss-Kahn is prepared to accept…..On the record, Mr. Strauss-Kahn will not plead guilty to any offence.”
The accusations made by the chamber maid are being re-evaluated after certain inconsistencies in her testimony.
But even if the case is finally dismissed Strauss-Kahn will still have Banon’s charges to answer.