Police in France have questioned the daughter of former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn over allegations that he attempted to rape a journalist.
At the time Camille Strauss-Kahn was a close friend of the alleged victim, Tristane Banon.
As police continue their investigation, the French Socialist Party fears the case will overshadow next year’s presidential election.
Leading contender Francois Hollande is also to be questioned by police. Banon’s lawyer says she informed him about the alleged attack in 2003 when he was party leader.
Banon filed a legal complaint earlier this month, accusing Strauss-Kahn of trying to rape her when she went to interview him. He denies wrongdoing and has launched a counter claim for defamation.
Banon’s mother, Socialist councillor Anne Mansouret has also spoken to police. The French magazine L’Express says she told them she had once had sex with Strauss-Kahn that was consensual but rough.
The claims follow the former IMF chief’s arrest in New York on sexual assault charges. He was freed from house arrest recently after doubt was cast on his accuser’s credibility.