French Prosecutors Drop Strauss-Kahn Sex Assault Inquiry

Oct 13, 2011
Originally published on October 13, 2011 8:22 am

"French prosecutors have suspended the investigation into sexual assault claims against former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn," France 24 reports. "French journalist Tristane Banon has accused Strauss-Kahn of attempting to rape her in 2003."

The Associated Press writes that "the prosecutor's office said Thursday that Strauss-Kahn admitted to sexual aggression against writer Tristane Banon but that it is too late to prosecute for that charge, because the incident in question happened in 2003."

Last spring, Strauss-Kahn was arrested in New York City after a hotel maid accused him of sexual assault. That case was also dropped. Prosecutors had grown to doubt the accuser's credibility. Later, Strauss-Kahn admitted to having made a "grave moral mistake," but insisted that he had a consensual encounter with the woman.

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