French journalist to sue Strauss-Kahn for attempted rape

Will file lawsuit Tuesday with French prosecutors

Tristane Banon, a French journalist and writer, plans to file a lawsuit against former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn, accusing him of attempted rape. According to a statement from her lawyer, Banon will submit a lawsuit to French prosecutors Tuesday. Banon, 32, alleges that Strauss-Kahn assaulted her in an apartment in 2003 after promising to conduct an interview. News of the lawsuit comes just as Strauss-Kahn’s chances of successfully fending off another sexual assault case gained ground. The much-discussed French presidential hopeful is accused of sexually assaulting a New York hotel maid in May. Prosecutors have cast doubt on her credibility, saying that she was suspected of lying to police.