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

    @ banasy:
    Much better today. My reply to you in Italian was rejected: they may think that I'm a terrorist.

    October 13, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    No, it got through. Maybe it's still my Blackberry.

    October 13, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  3. us1776

    DSK in both of these cases was the victim of a smear campaign by his political opponents.


    October 13, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • lgny

      Perhaps so, but he provided them with ammunition. If he kept his zipper up, they would have had nothing to claim against him.

      October 13, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • us1776

      Igny, every single politician has a weak spot and is vulnerable in some way.


      October 13, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  4. Nick San Diego

    Money and Power will buy ANYTHING. This guy is guilty as OJ.

    October 13, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  5. Kathy

    Why did they quote him but not her?

    October 13, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  6. Kweso

    And the truth shall set thee free!

    October 13, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  7. That Guy

    DSK? is this guy really famous enough for me to remember him by his intials?

    October 13, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Spaceman

      u mean like the skirt chasing JFK

      October 13, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  8. Bubba

    Just because there was not enough evidence in either case does not mean he is innocent. There are only two people in each case who knows what really happened. It could be the charges were politically motivated, it could be he did it and the NYvictim wanted to gain financially from it.

    October 13, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • bud

      He IS innocent. That's the way the system works. You meant that he could have actually done it. So, sue him like the Goldmans did OJ.

      October 13, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • cory83

      Jeez, Bubba you are quite an IDIOT! If there isn't even enough evidence to BRING CHARGES against someone, what else would you call the person but innocent?

      As an example, if there's a crime in your neighborhood, and a neighbor who doesn't like you says "Bubba orchestrated it," the police would surely investigate you as a formality. Should we believe you're still guilty even if "they don't find enough evidence to bring charges" against you?

      It's "logic" like yours that leads to creationism, but with a name like Bubba you probably think creationism is a valid counter-argument to evolution.

      Do the world a favor, Bubba: Grow a brain or prune your yams. One or the other.

      October 13, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  9. Spaceman

    good man Dommo nothing wrong with making a pass at a young piece of skirt.......

    October 13, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jean Sartre, Milwaukee, WI

    The 1%ers do it again!

    October 13, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  11. lucullus

    OK, now let's all hold our breath and see if the lying woman will be charged with anything.

    October 13, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Thomas

      Yeah, like that will even happen.

      Women can make any allegation they want with no or little consequences.

      If the roles were reversed and a man made an allegation against a women, would we have the same outcome?

      October 13, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  12. spacefan

    Hey genius they did NOT determine that she was lying. Can you read?

    October 13, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • lucullus

      Moron. Of course it doesn't say that. Anywhere. He counter-sued for slander because she lied. Get someone to read the article to you.

      October 13, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  13. Randall

    You have power and money, and you are untouchable. Period. Cheers for Justice.

    October 13, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  14. Thomas

    What is this woman doing to do for money after this?

    October 13, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • lucullus

      She's going to go try to shake down some other wealthy man.

      October 13, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  15. WDinDallas

    Spacefan: They determined she was lying, or set him up, weeks ago. That's why they released him. She will probably get deported if we are lucky. Why spend money on her to jail her.

    October 13, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • lucullus

      Talking to spacefan is like talking to a bag of hammers...only worse.

      October 13, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
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