French prosecutors have dropped a case of attempted rape levelled at the ex-head of the IMF, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, for a lack of evidence.
The office in Paris said there was evidence suggesting sexual assault in the complaint brought by the writer Tristane Banon, but because the alleged attack was in 2003 it was too late to pursue that lesser charge in court.
Strauss-Kahn’s lawyer, Henri Leclerc, said: “It is obvious that this is an act of justice. There was nothing to establish that the facts described by Madame Banon happened as she said. So these are imaginary facts.”
The ruling came on the day that Banon published a book, billed as fiction, but containing her version of events in that Paris flat without ever mentioning Strauss-Kahn by name.
Even though the attempted rape charge was dropped, her legal team called the ruling a preliminary victory.
Lawyer David Koubbi said: “The prosecution clearly admits Strauss-Kahn is a sexual predator. I can tell you that if Tristane Banon had pressed charges around 2005 or 2006, he would have been prosecuted and convicted.”
Earlier this year, a case against Strauss-Kahn brought by a New York hotel chambermaid was dropped, but she is now seeking civil damages.
He denies any wrongdoing in either case.