DSK to face French sex-attack accuser
Published 24/09/2011 | 05:00
The former head of the International Monetary Fund is to confront face-to-face the young French writer who has accused him of attempted rape, lawyers said yesterday.
Tristane Banon (32) alleges that Dominique Strauss-Kahn (62) locked her in a Paris flat in 2003 when she came to interview him for a book. She claims that Mr Strauss-Kahn lunged at her like a "rutting chimpanzee", trying to pull off her jeans before she escaped.
He has admitted making "an advance" on the author, who was 24 at the time, but says he backed off after her refusal and denies any use of violence.
Last Sunday, in his first interview since returning to France after being cleared of rape charges against a maid at a New York hotel, Mr Strauss-Kahn dismissed Ms Banon's claims as "imaginary".
She responded this week by saying she was eager to confront him in front of prosecutors, who have yet to decide whether to press charges. "I want him in front of me so he can look into my eyes and say to my face that I imagined it," she said.
Yesterday, the former presidential candidate's legal team said he had let the prosecution know he was "at its disposal".
News of the meeting came as Ms Banon's lawyer alleged that "several other witnesses" were now ready to speak to police on condition their names were not made public, as they feared "pressure and reprisals". (© Daily Telegraph, London)