FORMER IMF CHIEF Dominique Strauss-Kahn is to hold a face-to-face meeting with the French writer who accuses him of attempted rape.
French prosecutors are continuing to investigate Tristane Bannon’s claims against Strauss-Kahn. She says the alleged attack took place as she interviewed him for a book eight years ago; Strauss-Kahn denies the claims.
Police officials will be present during the meeting, but France24 reports that lawyers will not be there.
Banon said in a recent interview that she welcomes the opportunity to confront Strauss-Kahn “so he can look into my eyes and say to my face that I imagined it”.
It will be the first meeting between the pair since Strauss-Kahn returned to France from the US, where a criminal sexual assault case against him was recently dropped. Meanwhile, lawyers for Strauss-Kahn have called for the civil action being brought against him by the hotel chambermaid involved in the criminal case to be dropped too.
They claim he had diplomatic immunity when the complaint was filed in August. However, Reuters reports that a number of legal experts have questioned the validity of the immunity claim.