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DSK did try to rape me, journalist tells French TV

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DSK did try to rape me, journalist tells French TV


The French journalist who accuses Dominique Strauss-Kahn of trying to rape her has appeared on TV in France.

In the interview, Tristane Banon repeats her allegation that the ex-IMF chief tried to force her to have sex.

Strauss-Kahn had met with Banon at her request in a Paris police station earlier on Thursday.

“I really thought that he would apologise. Not that he would admit to crimes, but that he would at least apologise for the facts that he concedes. He didn’t even dare look at me,” she told the TF1 channel.

Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers have questioned why Banon has waited eight years to press charges; the alleged incident took place in 2003 when Banon was 23.

The journalist says her mother, a leading regional councillor for the French Socialist Party, told her to keep silent.

Strauss-Kahn, 62, was seen as the frontrunner to be the party’s candidate for the French presidential race next year.

That was until a New York hotel maid also accused him of attempted rape, forcing him to quit his IMF post.

Prosecutors later dropped the charges, owing to doubts about the maid’s credibility.

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