2nd woman alleges assault by IMF chief

2011-05-16 16:34
Paris - The lawyer for a woman who says she was sexually assaulted by Dominique Strauss-Kahn nine years ago says she wants to file a legal complaint against the International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief.

Lawyer David Koubbi says Tristane Banon did not file suit earlier due to "pressures" she face over the alleged 2002 sexual assault by Strauss-Kahn and was dissuaded by her own mother, a regional Socialist official.

The IMF chief - a possible Socialist contender in France's 2012 presidential race - is in custody in New York after being accused of a weekend sexual assault against a hotel maid.

Koubbi told RTL radio on Monday he is likely to file suit for Banon now because "she knows she'll be heard and she knows she'll be taken seriously".

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