Prosecutors drop attempted rape complaint against former IMF head
October 13th, 2011
11:15 AM ET

Prosecutors drop attempted rape complaint against former IMF head

(Correction: An initial version of this post incorrectly reported that charges in this case were dropped, when in fact they were never filed.)

[Updated at 11:15 a.m. ET] After investigating a complaint filed against former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn, in which a journalist accused him of attempting to rape her in 2003, French prosecutors said there was a lack of sufficient evidence to file charges.

Strauss-Kahn admitted to "sexual aggression" against Tristane Banon at the time, but a three-year statue of limitations applies in the case, the Paris prosecutor's office said in a statement.

Strauss-Kahn, who recently returned to France after sexual assault charges against him in New York were dropped by prosecutors, was questioned by Paris police last month, along with Banon.

Banon filed a complaint against Strauss-Kahn in France, alleging he attempted to sexually assault her in 2003; he has filed a counter-suit alleging slander.

Banon's mother, Socialist politician Anne Mansouret, has said she discouraged Banon from filing charges against Strauss-Kahn at the time of the alleged assault for fear it would hurt her journalism career.

In an interview with French TV station TF1 earlier this month, Strauss-Kahn said he met with Banon recently and "I said the truth to her in this meeting. There was no act of aggression, there was no violence. ... The version that was presented was imaginary."

On Monday, lawyers for Strauss-Kahn asked a judge in New York to dismiss a civil suit filed there by his accuser in a now-dismissed sexual assault case.

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  1. Thinker

    Legal system is broken just like everything else.

    October 13, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • noway

      He was set up to ruin his career. His IMF bosses though he was too much of a political threat.

      October 13, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • frank

      Bringing charges, either civil or criminal, against a very wealthy individual is almost impossible. Money = power, and buys lots of top notch legal expertise,

      October 13, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. Frenchy

    The French newspapers report the french justice acknowledge there was an aggression. Only the 3-year statue of limitation saved him from a trial.

    October 13, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. banasy©

    @bud:
    The charges were dropped.
    There's a difference between being found not guilty in a court of law and having the charges dropped.

    October 13, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. BMOC

    People!!! Against power and money, we are worthless! The maid in NY, they had his semen evidence where she spit it on the carpet... He is powerful, and there is sh_t we ca do about it. This is what starts revolutions! Innocent hardworking people who pay more tax than billionaires, CEO of a major medical group gouging customers for basic health care, while he gets $100 million dollar bonus! When will it end! Will we have to rise up?

    October 13, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. WOT

    Money walks! Give him his old job back! This world is soon to end! Calling wrong right is one of the signs!

    October 13, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Older But Wiser

    It seems odd for the police to investigate a complaint that is outside the statute of limitations. I would have thought the moment they heard the date they would have stopped. Was the months long investigation political or wsa there a purpose to it?

    October 13, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. ggcanada

    follow the money –who wanted his job and why

    October 13, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Ambassador Spock

    Thinking he'd be tried when the statute of limitations had clearly run out is illogical.

    October 13, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jeff Frank ( R - OHIO ) "Яight Wing Иutcase"

      We need to warp this sucker to the trash kahn.

      October 13, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    @Jeff Frank:
    Har!
    That was punny.

    October 13, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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