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DSK comes face-to-face with sex-assault accuser

Dominique Strauss-Kahn came face-to-face with a French writer at a Paris police station yesterday, in their first confrontation since she accused him of trying to rape her.

Tristan Banon (32), alleges that the 62-year-old former head of the International Monetary Fund lunged at her like a "rutting chimpanzee" eight years ago.

Both she and Mr Strauss-Kahn, who denies the claims, stuck to their version of events during the meeting at Paris's criminal investigation squad headquarters, lawyers said.

Ms Banon arrived at 8.30am, followed half an hour later by Mr Strauss-Kahn, back from a break at his holiday home in Morocco.

Police officials were in the room but no lawyers were allowed to attend the meeting. The pair were said not to have spoken directly to each other, but were questioned about previous testimonies.

The meeting marked the end of a preliminary investigation, after which the Paris prosecutor can decide to close the case or to press for charges.

Ms Banon's complaint is for attempted rape, whose statute of limitations is 10 years. If prosecutors close the case, Ms Banon says she will still bring a civil suit. (©Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent