Strauss-Kahn to meet face-to-face with French rape accuser

23rd September 2011, Comments 0 comments

French prosecutors will set up a face-to-face confrontation between former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and the young French writer who has accused him of attempted rape, lawyers said Friday.

Tristane Banon alleges the 62-year-old Socialist politician locked her in a bare Paris flat in 2003 and assaulted her. He has admitted making "an advance" on the 32-year-old author, but denies any use of violence.

Both parties have been interviewed by police over the claim, and Banon told a television interviewer this week that she was keen to confront her alleged abuser in front of prosecutors to test each other's claims.

On Friday, according to Strauss-Kahn's legal team, the economist and former presidential candidate "had let the service in charge of this case know that he was at its disposal."

© 2011 AFP

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