Claims Libel; French Writer Files Attempted Rape Complaint Against Ex-IMF Head

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The woman who alleged Dominique Strauss-Kahn sexually assaulted her in a hotel has filed a lawsuit against the New York Post.

The woman is accusing the Post of libel. It stems from stories the Post ran labeling her a “hooker,” “prostitute” and saying she “traded sex for money.”

No comment on the lawsuit from the Post.

Click here to read a copy of the lawsuit.

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The lawsuit follows on the heels of the case against Strauss-Kahn in New York City teetering on the verge of collapse. However, the former head of the International Monetary Fund is now facing a new sexual assault investigation in France.

French writer Tristane Banon filed a lawsuit in Paris Tuesday against the former head of the International Monetary Fund for attempted rape.

“If we have to say something to Mr. Strauss-Kahn, legally we will do it in France and we will do it when I am able to talk to my client the consequences, the exact consequences in the U.S. of a move made by us in France,” said David Koubbi, Banon’s attorney.

“These are events of a particular violence and gravity. I absolutely don’t wish to make this case a political one.”

The 32-year-old said eight years ago Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her during an interview in a Paris apartment when he was finance minister.

Banon said the fact that he recently had his bail returned and his house arrest lifted for attempted rape charges in the U.S. motivated her to take legal action.

She told the french magazine “L’Express” that “I cannot stand to hear that I am a liar because I did not file complaints. And now, to see Strauss-Kahn free at dinner at a luxury restaurant with friends, it makes me sick.”

Strauss-Kahn said Banon was making the whole thing up. He said the same thing about allegations lodged by a housekeeper from the Bronx at the Sofitel Hotel in Manhattan.

Back in May, the Bronx woman said Strauss-Kahn sexually assaulted her in his suite at the hotel, but her story was being questioned after prosecutors discovered she’d told them conflicting stories.

They also discovered the woman may have connections to drug dealing and money laundering.

“The problem in this case was that she lied about the event, she lied to investigators and she potentially lied under oath to the grand jury,” said former prosecutor Robin Sax. “When you have lies that are specifically about a case, there is no recovery. That case is over, day over, good-bye, good night.”

“They’re now in a box. They’ve got an indictment. It was voted by a grand jury. They’re supposed to proceed. And if they don’t proceed, they’re going to be criticized. But I don’t see how they can proceed with the credibility problems this woman has,” trial lawyer Ron Fischetti told CBS 2’s Pablo Guzman.

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Meanwhile, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he won’t second guess, compliment, or criticize the NYPD or Manhattan District Attorney’s handling of the case.

“There was a lot of evidence that, at first glance, looked credible. The District Attorney, the police department, they have an obligation to keep people from fleeing and then let the courts decide,” said Bloomberg on Tuesday.

As for the rush to judgment that Dominique Strauss-Kahn was guilty, he said, “Everyone’s an instant expert. You guys make your living doing that, which is fine, but sometimes mistakes will be made.”

“I’ve always thought that perp walks were outrageous, but that’s only my view. Roman times, too. They’re nothing new.”

And its very hard, added the mayor, to put someone’s reputation back in the box.

Experts told Guzman the DA may try to settle for a misdemeanor. Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers want everything dismissed. Both sides are meeting on Wednesday.

Do you believe Banon? Sound off below in our comments section…

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Comments (12)
  1. Tom Garett says:

    i must admit i thought it odd that the NYPD made such an extraordinary effort to stop this man’s flight and pull him off the plane. Even if the allegations were true, he is not a man that can hide from or avoid prosecution….@Lea, I paid $32.67 for a XBOX 360 and my mom got a 17 inch Toshiba laptop for $94.83 being delivered to our house tomorrow by FedEX. I will never again pay expensive retail prices at stores. I even sold a 46 inch HDTV to my boss for $650 and it only cost me $52.78 to get. Here is the website we using to get all this stuff, PennyTop.c0m

    1. lydia says:

      This is just going to be another circus except this time in France. It will go nowhere.
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  2. Danda says:

    She gave aB-Job with an intension of making money NOBODY will buy her story except our tax paid Cops who rape drunk woman and get away because of our JURY SYSTEM a bunch of NATHANS HOT DOGS, LIAR LIAR LIAR—SHAME ON YOU AAAlkyda supporter

  3. BROWN (is BACK) says:

    WOMAN DON”T HAVE RIGHTS, why should they.

    First of all, when a woman says RAPE, no one wants to believe the person unless the person is related to you or close to you or your family.

    I bet the if everytime a sick ba… raped or attempted to rape someone it automatically was recorded that’s the only time you would believe them, but that is not something that will ever happen. So stop saying woman have not been raped when it takes place. Stop denying woman, their rights and due process of the law.

    It never fails, no matter how much a woman comes forward, even when they are embarassed and scared shi…. they come forward to tell of the painful and death defying experience they went through, you idiots still want to search for a lie or something that the person have done in their past that is not ethical or something that was not given a great sense of thought.

    Stop using a womans past decrepancies to trash her rape complaint charge. Woman do not ask for their body to be violated by these sick individuals, stop the idiotic nonsense in always saying they are lying or want to get money.

    Case and Point: a nyc woman was raped by two on duty, NYC police officers, but were not proven guilty, but why.

    You said because no DNA evidence was present, go figure…THEY WERE COPS! Take off your blinders for a second, they cleaned the crime scene.

    The cop admitted that he cuddled up in bed with the woman to console her. He only said that because he knew that DNA would be located once the forenscic team took over, even though they clean the apartment. But no DNA was located.

    Okay, they found no DNA evidence in the bed at all…..that is very strange, why was there no DNA eveidence present even though the cop admitted that he was in the bed….THAT IS BECAUSE THEY DID A GREAT JOB CLEANING afterwards, but no one pointed that out to the jury. This was all a coverup!

    Okay, now we have this housekeeper that WAS raped in the hotel suite, along with DNA evidence that the forenscic team located. Come on, and now they want to trash her credibility because of who she associate(d) with, lets be for real, she WAS RAPED, so lets not go out and RAPE her past behavior which has nothing to do with what happened to her, RAPE.

    So what, she spoke with a jailed person about getting revenge on the son of…. that raped her, so what…that has nothing to do with what happened to her. Yes, she told that person she is okay, she did not want that jailed person going crazy thinking about what happened to his girl and getting into more serious trouble in jail.

    Look at all of the other woman that spoke up about what he has done or tried to do to them, Sexually assaulting her, and yes, I believe this French writer that has now spoken about what happened to her many years ago. I guess she feared and her mother feared what would become of the case if she filed a complaint and once they seen that what they feared would happen to her, it is happening to this housekeeper. Money rules and criminal charges evaporate…… woman have rights!

    STOP saying these woman are not legitimate when they come forward with true accounts that they were RAPED and or sexaully assaulted. Stop letting your ignorance take the front seat.

    I wish the housekeeper and all of the other woman that have been harmed by that….will see justice served.

    The Prosecutor is a spineless piece of…. and he should be removed from office.

    The defense attorney’s for this guy, said from the first day that they will attack the housekeepers credibility, they knew that a woman of her statue would have something shady that took place in her past, they seen her as a nobody and they knew they would trample all over her and they would get the case to look weak.

    Good luck to all of you RAPE VICTIMS out there, don’t let things like this keep you from speaking up.

    Best wishes, to you rape and sexual assaulted victims.

    1. JMS says:

      Brown makes valid points except in the cae of the housekeeper. poor judgment in the past has nothing to do w/whether a rape occured, i agree. however, if its porven that this house keeper turns trix in the hotel her credibility is shot in my mind. its also been alleged that she previously complained of being gang raped, only to later recant the story. this also goes directly to her credibility in a rape case.

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  4. JMS says:

    i must admit i thought it odd that the NYPD made such an extraordinary effort to stop this man’s flight and pull him off the plane. Even if the allegations were true, he is not a man that can hide from or avoid prosecution.

    1. Jeremiah says:

      FYI, you’re absolutely mistaken. As a French national, he could always simply quit his job as IMF head (perhaps to run for President of France). France DOES NOT have an extradition treaty with the United States. The last thing France wants is to have its nationals shipped off to the (in its view) prudish, puritan US for prosecution for sex crimes.

      Hide? No. Avoid? Absolutely. All it took was for that Air France plane to take off and he’d be gone permanently.

      That’s not excusing the rest of this at all. These excuses sound like “she told the same lie to us over and over again, so we believed her” for six weeks. But DSK was a massive and legitimate flight risk.

  5. Matilda says:

    Strauss-Kahn is a lying pig. Period. He is no innocent person. Finally he is being called to answer for his beastly behavior. And his wife is clearly in love with the power because she certainly cannot be in love with someone who acts like this. She loves only power and herself; not the pig.

    1. JMS says:

      Power is an aphrodisiac like none other. don’t kid urself

    2. Vinnie from Queens says:

      She’s like a French Hillary Clinton then.

  6. Scott says:

    No, I don’t belive Banon whatsoever. No normal person would file a compliant 7 years later if they were truely harmed. I don’t care what the person’s mother told them at the time for reasons not to file. And what normal mother would see harm committed to their daughter and urge her not to take action. This is just going to be another circus except this time in France. It will go nowhere.

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