Tristane Banon and her lawyer David Koubbi leave the lawyer's office in Paris, Tuesday. (Photo: AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)
Former International Monetary Fund head Dominique Strauss-Kahn isn’t out of the woods yet.
Days after the attempted rape case against him took a public hit due to the declining credibility of his accuser, a Guinean immigrant hotel maid, a French writer is coming out with accusations of her own.
Tristane Banon is sick of the “lies and rumors” being told about her 2002 encounter, an alleged sexual attack, with Strauss-Kahn, so she plans on filing a complaint Tuesday, her lawyer said, as reported by the Associated Press.
“I can’t take it anymore hearing that I must be lying because I haven’t filed suit,” Bannon, 32, told French news magazine L’Express.
Banon, daughter of Anne Mansouret, a regional councillor in Strauss-Kahn's Socialist party, says the incident took place as she was interviewing Strauss-Kahn for a book.
“He grabbed my hand, then my arm, I told him to let me go and that's when the fight started. He pulled me towards him, we fell down and fought on the ground for a few minutes," Banon said. She was able to get away, run to her car and tell her mother about the incident. Her mother discouraged her, though, from filing charges because she says she was afraid of what going up against such a powerful man would do to her daughter’s career. Mansouret says she regrets that decision now.
For her part, Banon explained why she waited so long—eight years—to make a move legally.
“It’s very difficult for any woman in this situation … and it’s even more difficult when you know in advance that it’s doomed to failure,” she said. After her complaint is filed, the next step is for a prosecutor to decide if there is enough evidence to bring charges against Strauss-Kahn.
Strauss-Kahn has denied Banon’s allegations, calling them “imaginary,” and has threatened to file a slander complaint. He is currently still in New York, but out on bail with his next court date on July 18 in connection with the May hotel incident.
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