French Writer, Goddaughter of DSK's Ex-Wife, Files New Rape Suit Against DSK

Tristane Banon, a French journalist and the daughter of a leader in Strauss-Kahn's Socialist party, will file an attempted rape lawsuit against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, reports Reuters. Banon accuses him of trying to rape her when she went to his apartment to interview him when she was only 22 years old. Banon revealed the 2002 incident in 2007, and said her mother, Anne Mansouret, had advised her not to report it:

At the time, Anne Mansouret had dissuaded his daughter to complain against the future boss of the IMF, including a daughter, Camille, one of the best friends of Tristan Banon. Tristane Banon is also the goddaughter of the second wife of DSK. Today, Anne Mansouret has remorse: “ Today, I am sorry to have discouraged my daughter to complain against DSK. I bear a heavy responsibility. After the facts were discussed, talked a lot. And finally, she decided, it was decided not to initiate proceedings. You know my daughter was very ill, but Tristan is the goddaughter of the second wife of Dominic. It was difficult for family and friends. What I can tell you is that my daughter, despite the passing years, is still shocked by these facts. That night I went to see her in Paris to comfort her. It’s very hard for her.

The suit was expected to be filed once the case against DSK in New York was decided, but with Strauss-Kahn freed, Banon's lawyers will file on Tuesday. Read more at AFP.

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at July 4, 2011, 4:23am

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