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Strauss-Kahn sex case: French inquiry dropped

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Published: 13th Oct 2011 15:50:36

A French inquiry into attempted rape claims against ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been dropped.

The prosecutor's office said the evidence suggested sexual assault - a less serious offence with a shorter statute of limitations than attempted rape would have had.

Writer Tristane Banon had accused Mr Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape in 2003.

Her accusation emerged while Mr Strauss-Kahn was accused of rape in New York; that case was later dropped.

Ms Banon said Mr Strauss-Kahn had tried to rape her during an interview for a book.

Mr Strauss-Kahn was previously said to have admitted making "an advance" on Ms Banon, but denied any violence and is suing for slander.

He resigned from his job as head of the International Monetary Fund after a New York hotel maid accused him of attempted rape earlier this year.

He still faces a civil suit in the US by his alleged victim in New York, Nafissatou Diallo.

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