After hotel chambermaid, French journalist targets Strauss-Kahn
Like in the case of former high profile political sex scandals, more women are coming out with allegations against the IMF chief. After the notorious incident involving him and the Times Square hotel chambermaid, its now the turn of a French journalist to ensure that Dominique Strauss-Kahn's presidential aspirations are jeopardised.
Tristane Banon, the 31 year old French journalist has put herself in the lime light by accusing Strauss-Kahn of sexually assaulting her in the year 2002. Incidentally, Ms. Banon is the god-daughter of Strauss-Kahn's second wife Brigitte Guillemette.
Although she had raised her voice in the past also, this time Ms. Banon has communicated through her lawyer that she is considering filing a complaint. It is also expected that she holds a press conference to make her revelations.
The alleged victim who dared to describe the 62-year-old chief of International Monetary Fund (IMF) as 'a rutting chimpanzee', accused him of trying to exploit her position as a trainee journalist nine years ago. At the time of the reported incident , she was just 21 years old.
This will mean more trouble for Strauss-kahn who is currently fighting vigorously to prove his innocence in the Times Square incident. As reported earlier, Strauss-Kahn had maintained that he was spending time alongside his daughter in a New York restaurant, at the time of the alleged incident involving him and the African-American maid.
Strauss-Kahn's otherwise exemplary financial career was plagued by a string of similar allegations. Three years ago, he was subject to a strong accusation from a French Socilaist MP, who spoke of inappropriate behaviour from him while they were left to themselves in a room.
Another controversy that almost stripped him of his position as the head of IMF was his sexual relationship with Piroska Nagy, who was his subordinate. Later, Strauss-Kahn admitted the allegation.
The French Socialist party as well as Strauss-Kahn, who was tipped to become the President of France in 2012, will be hoping that he is ultimately acquitted of all charges like in the past. His supporters still back him up saying he is innocent and that he is being set up.