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Banon: Confronting Strauss-Kahn Over Alleged Attempted Rape ‘Won’t Be Easy’

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn (credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Dominique Strauss-Kahn (credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

PARIS (CBSNewYork/AP) — A French writer who accuses former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of trying to rape her in 2003 says she fears an upcoming legal face-off with him. But she considers it a victory that the judiciary will let each side give its version of events.

The face-off — known as a “confrontation” in France — is often used to help officials decide if a case is worth pursuing.

The Paris prosecutor’s office is investigating Tristane Banon’s attempted rape claims even after a similar case involving Strauss-Kahn and a hotel maid unraveled in New York.

Banon’s said Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her while she was interviewing him in 2002 — an incident her mother, a regional Socialist official, has said she discouraged her from reporting at the time but is now encouraging her to pursue.

At a rally Saturday, Banon admitted, “I’m afraid … It won’t be easy to face him.”

No date for the confrontation has been set. Strauss-Kahn has denied Banon’s claims. His lawyers have called Banon’s account “imaginary.”

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