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Anne Sinclair, wife of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, left, and daughter Camille. Mary Altaffer/AP/Press Association Images

Strauss-Kahn's daughter questioned in French probe

Camille Strauss-Kahn is the friend of the young French writer who claims that the former head of the IMF attempted to rape her.

FRENCH INVESTIGATORS HAVE questioned one of Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s daughters, one of his ex-wives and may question a Socialist presidential hopeful about claims the former International Monetary Fund chief tried to rape a writer.

Conflicting reports are surfacing about what the investigators have learned so far. And it’s unclear whether they have enough material to take their preliminary investigation closer toward a possible trial.

Strauss-Kahn is already fighting attempted rape charges in New York stemming from a May encounter with a hotel maid, and the French case is being watched by players in the troubled US legal saga.

Strauss-Kahn denies wrongdoing on either side of the Atlantic. A prominent Socialist politician, he was a top contender for France’s presidential elections until his New York arrest in May. He resigned from the IMF to concentrate on fighting the charges.

The latest to face questioning in France was one of his four daughters, Camille Strauss-Kahn, a Columbia University graduate student and a friend of writer Tristane Banon, who brought the French charge against Strauss-Kahn.

A judicial official said Tuesday that Camille Strauss-Kahn was questioned Monday in the French probe. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is under way.

Banon says Dominique Strauss-Kahn tried to wrench off her clothes and shoved his fingers in her mouth and underwear as she fought him off on the floor of an empty apartment during a 2003 interview for a book she was writing.

Banon and her mother have been questioned about her legal complaint, as has Strauss-Kahn’s second wife, Brigitte Guillemette, who is also Banon’s godmother.

Meanwhile, investigators are expected to question former Socialist chief Francois Hollande, who is seeking the party’s nomination for next year’s presidential elections. Banon’s lawyer has said Hollande was told of the 2003 incident between Strauss-Kahn and Banon.

Banon posted a message on Facebook on Tuesday thanking her online “friends” for defending her name against heavy criticism on several French websites. Critics have questioned her motives for filing the legal complaint eight years late and cast doubt on her credibility. Banon says that her mother Anne Mansouret, a member of Strauss-Kahn’s party, asked her daughter not to report the alleged assault.

Earlier today it was revealed that Mansouret says she had slept with Strauss-Kahn eleven years ago. Mansouret told French magazine L’Express that she had “consensual but brutal” sex with Strauss-Kahn in 2000, three years before he is alleged to have attempted to rape her daughter.

Strauss-Kahn is currently in New York with his third wife, Anne Sinclair, awaiting a new court hearing 1 August on the New York sexual assault charges.

New York prosecutors are re-evaluating their case after saying earlier this month that the chambermaid misled them about her background and her actions right after the alleged assault. That undercut her overall credibility, although she hasn’t changed her account of the alleged attack itself, they say.

- AP

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