Prosecutors study new Strauss-Kahn attempted rape claim

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French prosecutors said Wednesday they had received a complaint from a young writer alleging that former IMF boss and leading politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her in 2003.

Judicial officials said 32-year-old Tristane Banon's allegation was being studied. Under French law, the Paris prosecutor's office must decide whether to throw out the complaint, launch an investigation or press charges.

Strauss-Kahn is already on trial in the United States for an alleged sexual assault on a hotel maid, but New York prosecutors admit they have doubts about the credibility of his accuser and the case is on the verge of collapse.

When the 62-year-old Socialist returns to France he could face a second case if prosecutors take up Banon's complaint that Strauss-Kahn grappled with her and tried to strip her in a Paris apartment during an interview for a book.

Strauss-Kahn has dismissed the alleged attack as "imaginary" and his lawyers are planning to sue Banon for defamation over the allegation, which she first made on television in 2007 and again in an interview in 2008.

© 2011 AFP

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