DSK spent more than three hours in a police interview as a “witness” just over a week after allegations of sexual assault on a maid at a New York hotel were dropped.
Journalist Tristan Bannon, 32, filed a complaint this summer, alleging that Dominique Strauss-Kahn sexually assaulted her in a Paris apartment in 2003, where he invited her to interview him for a book she was writing.
Tristan Bannon said the IMF chief attacked her like a “shaking chimpanzee” and she had to kick him off and kick him because he ignored her cries of “rape.”
DSK is suing Tristan Bannon for defamation, claiming that she invented the “imaginary” attack as a publicity stunt.
Police are currently conducting a preliminary investigation into Tristan Bannon’s allegations to see if there is enough evidence to bring charges.
Police have already interviewed friends, family members and other politicians in the investigation, including Tristan Bannon’s mother – once DSKlover – and Francois Hollande, interviewed as most likely the candidate for president of the Socialists.
DSK lawyers Frederic Ballio and Henri Leclerc said on Monday:
“At the request of Mr Strauss-Kahn, this interview shall take place as early as possible in the schedule of the investigation.”
Tristan Bannon, meanwhile, said over the weekend that she was “sick” of the “meeting of the hero” he received when DSK returned to France from the United States.
“What’s been happening for the last six days is making me sick,” she wrote.
“I can’t believe my country welcomes the hero of a man who has not been released.
“I hear people tell me about their disgust, I feed on their support to stay upright, but I’m the one who bows my head and hugs the walls while others laugh at the cameras.”
She called for a demonstration on September 24 before the Paris Criminal Court to request a trial.
The return of Dominique Strauss-Kahn has embarrassed the opposition French Socialist Party, which is set to launch a presidential primaries. Former party leader Martin Aubrey, a presidential candidate, said DSK “needs to be explained” of party colleagues.
Prior to DSK’s arrest in New York in May, he was the Socialist Party’s favorite to challenge Nicolas Sarkozy in April next year, with polls predicting he would win comfortably.
Charges of attempted rape were dropped in New York after prosecutors ruled that maid Nafisatu Diallo later lied to police and was “unreliable.” DSK has always insisted that sex be agreed.
DSK is still facing a civil lawsuit filed by Nafisatu Diallo in the United States.