Tristane Banon, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Rape, Politics And A By The Book Scandal Among Rich Paris Socialists
DID you know that a wealthy writer named Tristane Banon claims former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her in 2003 as she interviewed him for a book on mistakes made by leading political figures? (Oh, the irony.)
Banon says Stauss-Kahn yanked open her bra and tried to unbutton her jeans. Banon says her mum, Anne Mansouret, a regional councilor in Strauss-Kahn’s Socialist party, dissuaded her from telling the police. Mansouret is pals with Strauss-Kahn’s second wife Brigitte Guillemette. Banon is her god-daughter. Banon is also mates with Strauss-Khan’s daughter Camille.
So. On one side we have the claim that Strauss-Khan was the victim of political plot to brand him a sex fiend. On the other side, we have a story that claims a political plot saved Strauss Kahn from being branded a sex fiend.
What’s the truth? We have yet to find out. But at least Banon has made her name public, albeit belatedly (she first made the claim in 2007). But will her claim prejudice any trial? And can the former International Monetary Fund chief return to his country’s presidential race with two rape trials hanging over his head..?