IMF Head Faces More Allegations of Sexual Misconduct

IMF Head Faces More Allegations of Sexual Misconduct

A French woman alleges Dominique Strauss-Kahn attempted to rape her in 2002.

Published May 16, 2011

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, head of the International Monetary Fund and possible French presidential contender, was arrested Saturday in New York after a hotel maid accused him of sexual assault.  


On Saturday, a maid at the Times Square Sofitel hotel accused Strauss-Kahn of trying to rape her.  She was able to identify him from a line-up and Strauss-Kahn was apprehended shortly before his Air France flight departed from a New York airport. Police charged him with “criminal sexual act, unlawful imprisonment and attempted rape.” His lawyers say he plans to “vigorously” fight these charges.


If those charges aren’t bad enough, it appears as if the 62-year-old leader has more trouble on his hands.


French writer Tristane Banon says Strauss-Kahn attempted to rape her back in 2002 when she went to interview him for a book, the BBC reports. She is considering filing a complaint for sexual assault. His lawyers have yet to respond to this allegation.


Sunday, Strauss-Kahn was examined by authorities who were looking for evidence—such as scratches—of the alleged assault, the BBC reports.

(Photo: Emmanuel Dunand-Pool/Getty Images)

Written by Hortense M. Barber


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