France drops complaint against Strauss-Kahn

Prosecutors say they had sufficient evidence of sexual assault, but that statute of limitations had run out

Prosecutors in France have dismissed a complaint of attempted rape against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn after an investigation found there was insufficient evidence to file charges. The allegations stemmed from 2003 incident involving Strauss-Kahn and novelist Tristane Banon. Prosecutors said in a statement there was “facts that could be qualified as sexual assault were admitted,” but that an attempted rape charge could not be substantiated. Under French law, sexual assaults can’t be prosecuted if a complaint is filed more than three years after the incident. For his part, Strauss-Kahn admits he tried to kiss Banon, but says she was allowed to leave peacefully after rejecting his advances.

Agence France-Presse

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