Lawyers for the two women who accuse former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Khan of attempted rapes in France and the United States have met prosecutors in New York.
The case against Strauss-Khan in the US is in danger of folding after the prosecution cast doubt on his accuser’s credibility.
Kenneth Thompson, who represents the hotel maid at the centre of the NY case, said: “What I want is justice for the victim. I want her to be able to tell the world what Dominique Strauss- Khan did to her in the hotel room.”
David Koubbi is the lawyer for writer and journalist Tristane Banon; she alleges that Strauss-Khan attacked her when she went to interview him in 2003. Banon described Dominique Strauss-Khan as a “rutting chimpanzee”.
In another twist it has emerged that Banon’s mother, Anne Monsouret, informed François Hollande, the then first secretary of the French Socialist party about the attack and he advised her not to press charges – hinting at a cover up at the highest level of the party.
In a further revelation Monsouret claimed she had consensual sex with Strauss-Khan three years before the alleged attack on her daughter. Monsouret said Strauss-Khan was a man of “boorish obscenity.”