IMF head may face new sexual assault charge

( A day after International Monetary Fund head Dominique Strauss-Kahn was arrested after a maid accused him of sexual assault in New York, French writer Tristane Banon said she is considering filing a sexual assault complaint against him over a supposed incident that took place in 2002.

Banon, 31, alleged that during an interview for an article, Strauss-Kahn said he would only talk to her if she held his hand, reports the BBC. He supposedly touched her more intimately and she had to fight him off.

Banon’s mother Anne Mansouret, a regional councilor of Strauss-Kahn’s Socialist Party and friend of his family, said, "The only reason she (Banon) didn’t press charges at the time is because I convinced her not to, because I thought it was better for her." Mansouret said she now regrets this, reports the BBC.

Banon’s lawyer David Koubbi told the AFP, "We’re planning to make a complaint. I am working with her." The BBC reports that Strauss-Kahn’s camp has not responded to Banon’s claims.

According to the BBC, Banon described the alleged incident in a TV discussion program in 2007 but Strauss-Kahn’s name was censored. The Guardian reports that Banon called Strauss-Kahn a "rutting chimpanzee" at the time. 

According to the Guardian, Banon is goddaughter to Strauss-Kahn’s second wife.

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