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French sex assault case against Strauss-Kahn dropped

PARIS (Reuters) – The French public prosecutor’s office will not pursue a French writer’s complaint of attempted rape against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn due to lack of evidence, it said on Thursday. The prosecutor’s office said in a statement that evidence existed suggesting sexual assault but that pursuit on…

Strauss-Kahn confronted by French rape victim

PARIS — Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn had a two-hour face-to-face confrontation at a Paris police station on Thursday with the French writer who accuses him of a 2003 rape attempt. The encounter between Tristane Banon, 32, and Strauss-Kahn, 62, took place without lawyers present although police were there. One…

Strauss-Kahn confronted by rape bid accuser

PARIS — Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn had a two-hour face-to-face confrontation at a Paris police station on Thursday with the French writer who accuses him of a 2003 rape attempt. The encounter between Tristane Banon, 32, and Strauss-Kahn, 62, took place without lawyers present although police were there. One…

Strauss-Kahn claims immunity in U.S. civil case

NEW YORK — Dominique Strauss-Kahn claimed immunity Monday as he sought the dismissal of a US civil case, accusing a hotel maid of inventing sexual assault claims that derailed his efforts to right the global economy. “As managing director, which is the chief executive position at the IMF, Mr. Strauss-Kahn…

Strauss-Kahn ‘rape attempt’ writer to go primetime

French writer Tristane Banon, who has accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempting to rape her in 2003 will appear on primetime television Monday, a day after the former IMF chief broke his media silence. Tristane Banon, a 32-year-old French author who is the daughter of a family friend of Strauss-Kahn, has…

Strauss-Kahn regrets ‘moral failing’ in sex with maid

Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s assertion that his encounter with a New York hotel maid was “a moral failing” rather than attempted rape has not persuaded her lawyers to drop civil action against the former IMF chief. Strauss-Kahn on Sunday said he had let down both his loyal wife and the French people,…

Strauss-Kahn in primetime bid to escape trial shame

PARIS — Four months after he was paraded hand-cuffed by New York police, former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was Sunday to try to put two attempted rape accusations behind him in a television interview. Since returning home, the former presidential frontrunner has been under pressure to explain himself, and chose…

Strauss-Kahn should stay out of French race: poll

(Reuters) – A majority of French think former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn should not get involved in the 2012 presidential election following his return to France after a sex-assault scandal in the United States, a poll showed on Sunday. The veteran Socialist politician had been seen as the clear favorite to…

Iceland charges European states with ‘bullying’

REYKJAVIK (Reuters) – Iceland’s president accused European countries on Sunday of having bullied it into agreeing to guarantee repayment of the debts of a failed bank, reviving a dispute with Britain and the Netherlands whose citizens are owed billions. When Iceland’s banking sector collapsed in the 2008 global financial crisis,…

Strauss-Kahn flying home to France from New York

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn cleared security at a New York airport Saturday before boarding a flight headed to France, after sensational sexual assault charges against him were dropped. Strauss-Kahn and his wife Anne Sinclair made their way through a crowd of journalists at John F. Kennedy International Airport before…

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