30 Sep 2011

Strauss-Kahn and accuser face-to-face

8:00 pm on 30 September 2011

The former head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Khan, has confronted the French writer who accuses him of attempting to rape her.


The two-hour encounter between Tristane Banon and Mr Strauss-Kahn took place at a Paris police station as part of an investigation so that prosecutors can decide whether to bring charges, ABC reports.

No lawyers were present for the meeting on Thursday.

Ms Banon accuses the former IMF chief of assaulting her in a Paris flat in 2003 as she attempted to conduct an interview with him.

She alleges she had to fight him off with kicks and punches when he tried to rip off her clothes during the interview.

Mr Strauss-Kahn has allegedly admitted trying to kiss her, but denies any violence was involved.

He has launched his own legal suit against Ms Banon for slander.

Ms Banon, 32, came forward to say that he had tried to assault her shortly after Mr Strauss-Kahn was arrested in New York in a separate case alleging assault on a hotel maid. Those charges were dismissed.

She did not go to police at the time of the alleged 2003 incident but did raise the allegation in a television chat show in 2007 when Mr Strauss-Kahn's name was bleeped out.