NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — As Dominique Strauss-Kahn enjoys his new-found freedom in New York City, there’s a new lawsuit in France against the former the International Monetary Fund chief.

Strauss-Kahn was released from house arrest last week but is still facing charges he sexually assaulted a hotel maid at a midtown hotel. But now, a novelist in France says she’ll formally file a lawsuit against Strauss-Kahn, accusing him of attempted rape.

The writer, Tristane Bano, says Strauss-Kahn attacked her in 2002. Strauss-Kahn went on the offensive against his French accuser, saying through his legal team that he planned to file his own criminal complaint of slander against her.

Banon, 31, said on a 2007 television show that she had been attacked five years earlier by a politician she had interviewed for a book. She later identified the man as Strauss-Kahn.

“It finished very violently,” she said on the television show. “I kicked him. He opened my bra. He tried to undo my jeans. It finished very badly.”

Her lawyer David Koubbi said Banon had been dissuaded from filing charges by her mother, a regional councilor in Strauss-Kahn’s Socialist party.

Banon came forward again after Strauss-Kahn’s was arrested in New York in May, but Koubbi said his client had no intention of pressing charges while the American prosecution was going on because the two cases should be kept separate.

The New York sexual assault case against Strauss-Kahn was badly weakened last week after prosecutors’ publicly expressed doubts about the credibility of the hotel maid who accused him of forcing her to perform oral sex.

Sources told CBS 2 that the District Attorney’s investigators learned the alleged victim may have been laundering money for a drug ring, as well as a host of other credibility issues.

Strauss-Kahn’s passport is still being held. He is free to travel anywhere within the country but is due back in a Manhattan court in two weeks.

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Comments (6)
  1. A. WOLFE says:

    How so very convenient for tjhis chick to come out NOW, that this case is all but dropped against him!! NOW, you can really see that this seems to be ALL a conspiracy to destroy this man’s power base!!! She said this happened in 2002 but said NOTHING to anyone until 2007? And even then, nothing harsh, but NOW in 2011, she has something to say?


  2. Bob Fowler says:

    Do you think that these charges might suddenly be appearing to justify the curious events surrounding his NYC arrest?

    We are big enough to understand that there are powers behind the scenes, who determine the world events. DSK obviously crossed at least one of these powers. They ‘arrange’ a rape accusation (seriously, they pulled him off a plane within an hour of the incident?) where NYPD acts with record efficiency. Sufficiently discredited, he must withdraw from consideration for president of France. Now, to remove the appearance of such a plot, a 9 year old claim of rape resurfaces?

    Do you think Julian Assange might be feeling the same way? But not to worry, none of this is true. The people on tv would tell us if it was true. The news media would be all over this if there was a shred of evidence. My opinion is just that of a conspiracy theorist lunatic. As anyone knows, a lie repeated enough times becomes the truth, so DSK is a rapist.

  3. David Heath says:

    I don’t understand this action at all by this novelist beyond the obvious timing.The incident supposedly happened nine YEARS ago.There would have been no evidence then, let alone now. Nothing will make this anything other than a ‘he-said, she-said’ role play. She has had all this time to end her innuendos and allegations but instead was happy to let these claims continue drop-by-drop, stopping enough to stop DSK from finally counter-suing for defamation. But then, he’s in an especially difficult position given the fact that her mother is an acquaintance and Socialist vice-president of the general council of Eure in Normandy. He would be engaging in a civil war within his own party. And then, like the accuser, he can neither prove nor disprove.

  4. Cue the trumpets


    A sex crazed French politician? Never have I heard such a thing!

  5. Pete says:

    Shame on us and on our corrupt system to let this serial rapist off the hook. Probably cost him a lot of money and some of his people may also find very heavy deposits in their bank accounts.

    1. David Heath says:

      Very easy (and cowardly) to carelessly defame a man without a shred of evidence to back it up. He’s all but been proven innocent in America. He has not been put in trial for any other case. But then I expect intellectual vacuity from Americans by now.

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