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Strauss-Kahn sues French accuser for libel

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Latest update : 2011-07-11

Dominique Strauss-Kahn's attorney announced on Monday that the former International Monetary Fund chief has filed a defamation suit against Tristane Banon, the French writer who accuses him of having tried to rape her in 2003.

AFP - Former IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn has filed a lawsuit for defamation against a young French writer who accuses him of trying to rape her in 2003, his lawyer said Monday.

"It was filed, as we had announced, as soon as we learned of the launch of the preliminary inquiry" by French police into the attempted rape allegations, lawyer Henri Leclerc said, adding that the suit was filed late last week.

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The next court hearing for Dominique Strauss-Kahn was Monday delayed until August 1, as his lawyers called for prosecutors to dismiss the sexual assault charges against the former IMF chief.

Strauss-Kahn had been due to appear in court on July 18 on seven charges of trying to rape a hotel maid in May, but the case suffered a major setback when prosecutors said the maid had lied in sworn testimony.



The announcement came after French police on Monday interviewed Tristane Banon, 32, over her claim that the Socialist politician tried to rape her in 2003 when she interviewed him for a book project.

Paris police have been asked by investigating magistrates to look into her formal complaint lodged last week against Strauss-Kahn, who is also accused of sex crimes in New York.

Prosecutors will then decide whether or not to charge the 62-year-old, who was formerly the French opposition Socialists best hope to beat Nicolas Sarkozy in next year's presidential election.

Strauss-Kahn has dismissed as "imaginary" Banon's allegations, which threaten to overwhelm resurgent hopes that he could bounce back politically after being arrested in New York, where the case of his alleged attempted rape of a hotel maid is collapsing after prosecutors raised doubts about his accuser's credibility.
 

Date created : 2011-07-11

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