Monday 1 May 2017

Mother of 'rape bid accuser' had sex with Strauss-Kahn

'I don't know what came over me,' DSK told wife

The mother of French writer Tristan Banon, pictured, has added a new twist in the case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn
The mother of French writer Tristan Banon, pictured, has added a new twist in the case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Henry Samuel in Paris

The mother of a French writer who accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape has claimed she had "consensual but brutal" sex with the former International Monetary Fund chief in his office.

Anne Mansouret (65) a socialist politician, said Mr Strauss-Kahn had seduced her with the "obscenity of a brutish soldier" in their lone sexual encounter 10 years ago.

She said they had intercourse in an office in Paris belonging to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development where the Strauss Kahn worked as a senior adviser. Miss Mansouret's allegations came days after her daughter, Tristan Banon (32), filed a legal complaint against Mr Strauss-Kahn for attempted rape.

Confessed

She claimed that the incident took place in 2003. Miss Banon, then aged 24, said Mr Strauss-Kahn lunged at her like a "rutting chimpanzee" in a Paris flat where she had gone to interview him. When later confronted by his second wife, who is Miss Banon's godmother, Mr Strauss-Kahn is said to have confessed: "I don't know what came over me. I had sex with the mother -- but I blew a fuse when I saw the daughter."

Mr Strauss-Kahn currently faces charges in New York for the attempted rape of a hotel chambermaid in May.

The latest development came as it emerged that Francois Hollande, the current front-runner to become the Socialist candidate for next year's presidential elections, is to be heard as a witness in the Banon case.

The lawyer for Miss Banon said she had told Mr Hollande about the alleged incident in 2003 when he was first secretary of the party, raising questions as to how much he knew and whether he should have begun an inquiry.

Contrary to her lawyer's recent claims, Miss Banon told police she had "no material proof to back up her claims", 'Le Monde' newspaper claims. The Banon and Strauss-Kahn cases have damaged the Socialist Party and observers say they threaten to poison the run-up to the presidential election in April. Mr Hollande denied speaking directly to Miss Banon about the alleged incident but said that her mother had contacted him and he had suggested the police should be contacted. "I've nothing to hide and nothing to feel uneasy about," he is quoted as saying. "But I will not allow this case to be exploited politically." Mr Hollande is likely to be questioned weeks before the party primaries begin in October.

French police are questioning several people with links to the case in a preliminary investigation to establish whether a full inquiry is justified.

According to 'l'Express' magazine, which leaked the testimony, Miss Mansouret told police last week that she broke her silence to dismiss claims that Mr Strauss-Kahn was an "inveterate seducer and ladies' man, yes, capable of violence, no."

On the contrary, she claimed he was "a predator who seeks not to please (women) but to take (them), behaving with the obscenity of a brutish soldier". His "sexual need sparked a process of domination," she added. Mr Strauss-Kahn has denied the attack and begun legal action against Miss Banon for defamation. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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