Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former chief of the International Monetary Fund, was in better spirits since recent holes in the credibility of his alleged rape victim has surfaced. But now another woman, Tristane Banon, is speaking out against DSK, claiming another attempted rape attack.
In May DNA tests were conducted on the evidence taken from the maid’s uniform and were matched to the DNA samples taken from Strauss-Kahn. Despite this link and how strongly this evidence helped the prosecution, the lies that are now circling the maid who filed the rape charges forms a lingering doubt that will definitely hurt the case.
The genetic link was explained by the defense as only proof that consensual intercourse occurred between Strauss-Kahn and the unidentified Guinean immigrant. Though the prosecution claims that there was enough physical evidence to support the rape claim, private investigators for the defense have found background information on the maid that negatively affect her credibility.
In filing for asylum with the United States, it was found that the maid had lied, stating she had been gang-raped in her home country. She admits that she was raped but not in the context that she had stated in 2004 to stay in America. Her credibility continued to diminish as investigators also found that after the alleged rape occurred she made a phone call to a prisoner in Arizona. The conversation was recorded and the alleged victim is heard stating something along the lines of, ‘Don’t worry, this guy has a lot of money. I know what I’m doing.’ The full article can be found on the New York Times.
Strauss-Kahn may not be in the clear just yet. New accusations from Parisian, Tristane Banon, accuse the French politician of another sexual assault. Banon who is now 32, claims that when she was 23 Strauss-Kahn violently attacked and attempted to rape her.
These new claims from Banon paint a picture of an older, bigger man trying to attack and take advantage of a helpless young girl who at the time was just as young as Strauss-Kahn’s own daughter. Banon claims that after she made that plea Strauss-Kahn responded with, “What does Camille [his daughter] have to do with it?”
“Eight years ago when I talked about bringing a complaint, everyone had me believe that it would lead nowhere. In these matters it is one person’s word against another,” added Banon.
Banon is right, rape cases are most often “he-said, she-said.” The lack of consistency in the credibility of the maid in New York will probably cause the prosecution to dismiss the case. Will Strauss-Kahn catch the same break in France with this new Banon case?
Many in France are already calling Banon a liar. Strauss-Kahn dismisses her allegations as, “imaginary.” Do you think too much time has gone by for DNA forensics to help Banon? Do you think she is lying?
As the case comes to a close in the United States, Strauss-Kahn still resides in house-arrest at a rented Manhattan townhouse with his wife.
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