DSK Meets With French Accuser

Investigators question Strauss-Kahn and Tristane Banon

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 29, 2011 8:32 AM CDT

(Newser) – Dominique Strauss-Kahn came face-to-face with his other accuser today, as he and Tristane Banon—the French woman who says DSK attempted to rape her—met with investigators. The two were questioned jointly, a practice sometimes used in France as officials determine whether to pursue a case. The meeting was requested by Banon, the AP reports. "I want him in front of me so he can look into my eyes and say to my face that I imagined it," she is quoted as saying by the BBC.

Banon says that during an interview in 2003 when she was 23, Strauss-Kahn tussled with her on the floor, attempted to open her jeans and bra, and touched her mouth and underwear. Strauss-Kahn insists her claims are untrue. Banon is considering suing him if a criminal case does not go forward; meanwhile, hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo has filed her own civil suit against DSK in the US over her own claims of attempted rape. Strauss-Kahn claimed diplomatic immunity Monday and asked for that lawsuit to be dismissed.

French writer Tristane Banon reacts after her speech during a protest on September 24, 2011 in front of the Paris Courthouse.
French writer Tristane Banon reacts after her speech during a protest on September 24, 2011 in front of the Paris Courthouse.   (Getty Images)
Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn leaves a police station in Paris after a one-on-one meeting with writer Tristane Banon, who accuses him of attempted rape.
Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn leaves a police station in Paris after a one-on-one meeting with writer Tristane Banon, who accuses him of attempted rape.   (AP Photo/Mathieu Cugnot)
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