Strauss-Kahn interviewed in Paris alleged attempted rape case

Reuters/Gonzalo Fuentes

French police on Monday interviewed former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, as part of their inquiry into the alleged attempted rape of a French journalist in a Paris apartment in 2003.


Strauss-Kahn's lawyers said he had wanted the interview about the alleged assault on Tristane Banon to take place as soon as possible after his return to Paris from the United States on 4 September.

Banon formally filed a complaint against Strauss-Kahn in June, while he was on bail in New York, charged with the attempted rape of a hotel maid there.

The French writer claims that former Socialist minister Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her when she went to interview him in an empty Paris apartment in 2003.

Strauss-Kahn denies the accusations and has filed a defamation suit against Tristane Banon.

The New York case was dismissed after it emerged that his accuser there had lied on official documents, undermining her credibility.

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French investigators have already interviewed several people as part of their inquiry into the alleged attack, including François Hollande, the former leader of France's Socialist Party, and now a presidential hopeful.

Banon's mother, herself a Socialist politician, says she now regrets advising her daughter not to file a complaint in 2003.

After completing a preliminary inquiry, the French prosecutor can decide there is a case for prosecution, that there is no case, or that the delay between the alleged crime and the official complaint is too great.



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