Paris prosecutors opened Friday a preliminary probe into French writer Tristane Banon's accusation of attempted rape against Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Banon filed a criminal complaint this week saying the former IMF head attacked her in 2003.
AP - The Paris prosecutor’s office has opened a preliminary investigation into accusations by a French writer that former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her.
PROFILE: TRISTANE BANON
Tristane Banon filed a criminal complaint this week saying that Strauss-Kahn attacked her in an empty apartment in 2003 during an interview.
A judicial official said Friday that the prosecutor’s office has opened a preliminary investigation. The official was not authorized to be publicly named because the investigation is under way.
The probe could take months or years and may still not result in a trial.
Strauss-Kahn, long seen as a strong contender for the French presidential election next year, quit as head of the International Monetary Fund after a New York hotel maid accused him of attempted rape in May.
Date created : 2011-07-08