Dominique Strauss-Kahn: An Older Accusation of Sexual Assault Resurfaces in France

In the 2007 episode of 93, Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Banon said that before dropping the idea of bringing charges, she visited a well-known lawyer who had “a stack this high” of documents relating to Strauss-Kahn. In a similar vein, an October 2008 article in the French magazine Le Point asserts that Strauss-Kahn had “nearly” been charged with sexual harassment on several occasions. “His escapades are legendary,” author Sylvie Pierre-Brossolette writes, “but -- as French tradition demands -- there has been almost no mention of them in the press.”

Banon’s mother, Anne Mansouret, recently announced that she would be a candidate in the upcoming Socialist presidential primary. The relatively little known Mansouret has said that she does not in fact aspire to be president, but wants rather to use the occasion to raise issues that she believes the Socialist Party should be examining. Although he had not yet officially announced his candidacy, Dominique Strauss-Kahn was widely regarded as the leading contender for the Socialist nomination prior to his arrest.

On Monday, Tristane Banon’s lawyer, David Koubbi, announced that his client was again considering bringing charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn for the alleged 2002 assault.