A French writer who alleges Dominique Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her during a 2003 interview threatened Monday to sue the former head of the International Monetary Fund if Paris prosecutors decide not to go forward with a criminal case against him.
Tristane Banon told Canal Plus television "it hurt" to watch Strauss-Kahn's much-anticipated interview with French TV a day earlier. Sunday's interview was Strauss-Kahn's first public appearance in France since his May 14 arrest in New York on separate accusations of sexual assault by a hotel maid there.
Banon gave a brief run-down of the alleged February 2003 incident, which she said took place in an empty apartment where Strauss-Kahn asked her to meet for a follow-up interview for a book she was writing.
"When I arrived he locked the door ... I didn't feel good about that but I couldn't begin to imagine what was going to happen next," Banon said. "Very quickly, it turned sour and we fought. I think if I'd not been very lucky, I would have gotten raped." In Sunday's interview, Strauss-Kahn dismissed Banon's claims as "imaginary" and "slanderous."