Second Woman Files Sex Charges Against Dominique Strauss-Kahn
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, once considered French President Nicolas Sarkozy's strongest challenger in the upcoming Presidential Elections, is about to be slapped with a second criminal charge related to his alleged sexual misconduct. Tristane Banon, a thirty-two year old journalist who was assigned to interview the former director of the International Monetary Fund, has previously said she was attacked during the 2003 sitdown, but until now, she's never formally pressed charges. That's about to change.
This past May, Strauss-Kahn was arrested and charged in New York after a hotel maid accused him of sexual assault. The explosive incident was widely viewed as the death blow to any future French political campaigns, but within the last week, the powerful businessman was released without bail after a recording emerged of the maid telling an inmate she knew how much money he had. The charges are still pending, but there's no telling whether the prosecution will elect to move forward.
Photos of Straus-Kahn celebrating his freedom over ritzy New York City dinners were widely circulated in French newspapers. According to the Telegraph, they left Banon feeling “sick” and ultimately proved to be the catalyst she needed to file her criminal complaint.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn has a long and sordid history of shady behavior around females. He publically admitted an affair with one of his subordinates, was photographed coming out of a wife-swapping club and has been accused of making passes and at numerous political aides and wives of high-profile politicians. French actress Danielle Evenou even once told a journalist, “Who hasn't been cornered by Dominique Strauss-Kahn?” Of course, habitual womanizing doesn't equal rape, but it hardly helps one's case either.