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  1. Strauss-Kahn’s French Accuser Heard By Police

    by The Associated Press

    PARIS July 11, 2011, 09:27 am ET

    A French writer who contends that former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her gave a statement to French police investigators on Monday, a judicial official said.

    Tristane Banon brought a criminal complaint last week, and the Paris prosecutor’s office has opened a preliminary investigation into her allegations that Strauss-Kahn attacked her in an empty apartment during a 2003 interview.

    A judicial official speaking on condition of anonymity in accordance with French judicial regulations said police heard from Banon on Monday.

    Banon made no official report of being victimized after the alleged attack eight years ago. Her lawyer, however, said he has evidence, including text messages related to the incident, and Banon has explained that her mother — a Socialist Party politician — dissuaded her from making a complaint immediately after the alleged incident.

    A prominent Socialist, Strauss-Kahn had been seen as a leading potential contender and challenger to conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy for next year’s elections — until the New York hotel incident embarrassed Strauss-Kahn’s party and left him in the political wilderness.

    Banon has told L’Express magazine that during an interview for a book project, Strauss-Kahn grabbed her hand and arm before the two fell to the floor of his apartment and fought for several minutes, with the politician trying to open her jeans and bra and putting his fingers in her mouth and underwear.

    Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers have called the incident “imaginary” and threatened to file a complaint accusing Banon of slander.

    Banon has acknowledged the difficulty of proving her case, saying she took action to deal with the trauma of the alleged incident and to refute those who say she’s been lying.

    Strauss-Kahn quit as head of the International Monetary Fund after he was arrested in New York in May based on accusations of assault made by a maid at a hotel there. Strauss-Kahn denies wrongdoing, and has since been released without bail after prosecutors said publicly that the maid has a history of lying.

    The ongoing saga continues to rivet France, where ahead of his judicial problems Strauss-Kahn was widely regarded as a top contender for next year’s presidential race.


  2. Judges to rule on IMF chief probe

    France: Judges are set to rule tomorrow on whether IMF chief Christine Lagarde should face a formal investigation over a payout she approved when finance minister.

    Prosecutors said that Ms Lagarde abused her authority in overruling ministry officials to drop an ongoing judicial case against businessman Bernard Tapie, who had backed President Nicolas Sarkozy’s 2007 election campaign, and award him a €285 million (£250m) settlement of claims that he had been defrauded by the Credit Lyonnais bank.



  3. New IMF boss to be investigated

    FRANCE: The Court of Justice of the Republic decided today to investigate new IMF chief Christine Lagarde’s role in a £244 million arbitration deal in favour of a controversial tycoon.

    Ms Lagarde was France’s finance minister when magnate Bernard Tapie won a settlement in 2008 with a French state-owned bank over the mishandled sale of sportswear maker Adidas in the 1990s.

    A commission at the Court of Justice of the Republic decided that an investigation should be launched into Ms Lagarde’s role.

    A prosecutor has said he suspects Ms Lagarde abused her authority in allowing the arbitration.



  4. DSK told to appear before Paris judge

    FRANCE: Former IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn and author Tristane Banon, who has accused him of sexually assaulting her during an interview in 2003, have been ordered to appear before a judge to relate what happened.

    The Paris prosecutor’s office announced the order today but did not specify a date for the hearing.

    In France prosecutors can ask individuals to attend such meetings while they are investigating charges.

    Mr Strauss-Kahn has repeatedly denied Ms Banon’s allegations and has sued her for slander.



  5. Police quiz DSK about prostitutes

    FRANCE: Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was questioned in Lille today by police investigating a suspected hotel prostitution ring that has implicated police and other officials.

    Detectives have already questioned prostitutes who said they had sex with Mr Strauss-Kahn in 2010 and 2011 at a luxury hotel and restaurant in Paris and in Washington, DC, where he lived while he was head of the IMF before resigning his position in May.

    Two men with ties to the prominent Socialist have been put under preliminary investigation in France on charges including organising a prostitution ring and misuse of corporate funds.



  6. Strauss-Kahn invite insults women

    The Union Society at Cambridge University has invited the alleged rapist Dominique Strauss-Khan to speak on 9 March, showing a callous disregard for women.

    Strauss-Khan was forced to resign as IMF chief after allegedly assaulting hotel worker Nafissatou Diallo. Other women have also made allegations against him.

    Sign the petition for the Union Society to withdraw the invitation at http://bit.ly/dskcambridge

    If they don’t, we need to follow the example of New York hotel workers—and meet Strauss-Kahn with a large and vocal protest.

    Amy Gilligan, Cambridge



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