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Thursday
Oct132011

France Drops DSK Attempted Rape Inquiry

Shannon Stapleton-Pool/Getty Images(PARIS) -- French police have dropped an inquiry into allegations that former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn attempted to rape a French writer in 2003, French prosecutors said today.

"There aren't enough elements of evidence to pursue an attempted rape case," said a statement released today by a Parisian court. But the statement said the inquiry did find "facts that can be qualified as sexual assault have been recognized."

The prosecutors said that investigators could not go forward with a sexual assault case because the statute of limitations had long passed.

The French writer, Tristane Banon, said the alleged incident took place in 2003, but did not come forward with the accusations until July 2011.

Strauss-Kahn, already a high-profile figure in France, came under the international spotlight in May 2011 when he was arrested in New York City after a hotel maid there, Nafissatou Diallo, accused him of assaulting her. All charges in that case were dropped in August.

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