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. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Good!
    Justice also serves the wrongly accused.

    October 13, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Rita

      He has a lot of "wrongful accusers" then. Poor guy. I feel so sorry for him being victimized so unfairly by all these vengeful women. Think of all the bitter women with similar experiences with this guy that haven't come forward publicly. He has a bad reputation in France for no fair reason, correct? Each and every woman he forced himself upon wanted it – they must have. He's rich and powerful. Every woman wants that, right? Wake up! One accusation – ok – keep an open mind. This guy has a track record and his power has thus far protected him. I hope his wife wakes up and takes him to the cleaners (and she should get a thorough medical exam and maybe a good power wash!)

      October 13, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Good Morning JIF.

    I sincerely hope I never hear about this man in relation to this type of crime again.
    That's twice he's been falsely accused.

    October 13, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    "Le violeur," indeed!

    October 13, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Bonjour, banasy!

    October 13, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  5. Andreas Moser

    I predicted he would walk free: http://andreasmoser.wordpress.com/2011/05/18/dominique-strauss-kahn-rikers-island/

    October 13, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  6. Louis Pol

    My comment did not go through, stopped by CNN censure..

    October 13, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Epidi

      Mine too. I was saying how that girl's mother did an awful thing by discouraging her from reporting it when it happened.

      October 13, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  7. Juan Carlos Queipo

    All this women want to bed a powerful, famous guy ( to enhance thier careers), but when the guy kick them in the ass they cry foul, but they don't say anything because that will endanger their career??? That's why they wanted to bed the guy in the first place !!!

    October 13, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jason D

    They got what they wanted...they needed someone else heading up the IMF...this was the plan all along..looking at what europe needed and the world needed and he didnt cover the position they needed so this came out....everyone drops the charges after hes removed and replaced....this is like the ABC of positional removal....hes most likely an octopuss groper and twisted sicko but this was persued for the sake of his position

    October 13, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  9. lauradet

    Once I heard that a woman was forced to give a BJ by an old white man without a weapon to threaten her, I knew it was a lie. Women have teeth and a big bite and putting something that stinky and little in the mouth without some sort of threatening force would have been bitten off, spit out and stepped on.

    October 13, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Jean Sartre, Milwaukee, WI

      "Women have teeth and a big bite and putting something that stinky and little in the mouth without some sort of threatening force would have been bitten off, spit out and stepped on."

      You never did... that's why you support DSK.

      October 13, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    I do so love the romance languages.

    Are you better today, JIF?

    October 13, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  11. emintey

    Would anyone here entrust their daughter to this man?

    I didnt think so.

    October 13, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  12. KeennyK

    Tigers can't change their stripes. DSK will strike again and hopefully get caught with his hands in the cookie jar.

    October 13, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  13. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Oh wow, lauradet!
    You have quite an imagination, there!

    October 13, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  14. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Sto molto meglio, banasy! Grazie.
    I went to the gym early. I have a big day of work ahead, until at least 8:30.

    October 13, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  15. johnLA

    "Money doesn' talk, it sweahs...."

    October 13, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
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