Strauss-Kahn's French accuser interviewed in Paris

Reuters/Philippe Wojazer

Police detectives in France interviewed writer Tristane Banon on Monday over her claim that former IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her in 2003.


Police are investigating a complaint lodged by the French writer that Strauss-Kahn assaulted her in a Paris flat in 2003 as she interviewed him.

Prosecutors will then decide whether or not to charge the 62-year-old Socialist politician, who is also accused of sex crimes in New York, with any offence.

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Strauss-Kahn has dismissed the alleged Paris attack as "imaginary".

His lawyers are planning to sue Banon for defamation over the allegation, which she first made on television back in 2007.

The French probe came as the US case against Strauss-Kahn appeared to be in trouble amid doubts over his accuser's credibility.

Strauss-Kahn has been charged with sexual assault and attempted rape of a New York hotel maid on 14 May, but prosecutors there have admitted to doubts over the alleged victim's testimony.


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