International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn, left, is seen through a window as he is checked into Municipal Court, Monday, May 16, 2011 in New York. Strauss-Kahn is accused of sexually assaulting a maid in his hotel room in New York City. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (AP)

French woman won't demand charges against IMF head

The writer alleged Dominique Strauss-Kahn sexually assaulted her eight years ago


Associated Press
May 20, 2011 10:58PM (UTC)

The lawyer for a French writer who alleged former International Monetary Dominique Strauss-Kahn sexually assaulted her eight years ago says she won't file a criminal complaint against him for now.

David Koubbi told BFM TV Friday that he and client Tristane Banon will decide later about filing a complaint because they "don't want to be manipulated by the U.S. justice system."

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Koubbi made headlines Monday by saying he and Banon were "very seriously considering" a complaint against Strauss-Kahn after a New York hotel maid accused him of sexual assault -- leading to his arrest last weekend.

On French TV in 2007, Banon said that during an interview years earlier, Strauss-Kahn had tried to forcibly strip her -- and she wrestled with him. Koubbi said she didn't file suit then because she felt "pressures."


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