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More developments in the sordid criminal case against International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, arrested in New York City and accused of sexually assaulting a maid at a luxury hotel. Strauss-Khan, who was "widely expected" to become the Socialist candidate for the French presidency, was dramatically escorted by detectives from a Paris-bound Air France jetliner only minutes before its departure.
Strauss-Kahn was picked out of a lineup last night by the victim, described as an "African immigrant", reports the Daily News. And very serious new details have emerged that the former French finance minister tried to sexually assault a French journalist in 2002,
Strauss-Kahn is expected to be arraigned Monday on criminal sexual act, attempted rape and unlawful imprisonment charges. He was in custody Sunday night at an undisclosed medical facility, where he was taken for DNA evidence testing. His accuser, described by a co-worker as a single mother of African descent, stared down the political star during a police lineup at the special victims unit.
She isn't the first woman to identify Strauss-Kahn as a sex fiend. Anne Mansoure, the mother of French TV reporter Tristane Banon, said that when her daughter interviewed Strauss-Kahn in 2002, he tried to attack her.
Banon, goddaughter of Strauss-Kahn's second wife, spoke about the attack in a 2007 TV program, but Strauss-Kahn's name was bleeped. She described the politician as a "rutting chimpanzee" and claimed she had to kick and fight him off. Sunday night, Mansouret told reporters in France that she regretted talking her daughter out of filing charges. " "I bear a heavy responsibility," Mansouret said.
More on the 2002 allegations at Business Insider. "Banon further alleges that the story was covered up in the media. Her publisher took out the chapter on Strauss-Kahn from the book for which she had tried to interview him. A segment on another talk show where she mentioned the incident was cut out during editing." Banon also says that she was scared for her physical safety.
UPDATE: Strauss-Kahn has been ordered held without bond and deemed an "extreme" flight risk. He is charged with attempted rape, carrying out a criminal sex act and unlawful imprisonment.
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