DSK Beats His Second Rape Investigation of the Year

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(FILES) - A combo made on September 23, 2011 shows a file picture taken on September 18, 2011 of former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn (L) and another file picture dated September 19 of the young French writer who has accused him of attempted rape, Tristane Banon (R). French prosecutors will set up a face-to-face confrontation between Strauss-Kahn and Banon, they said on Sepetmber 23, 2011. AFP PHOTO /FRANCOIS GUILLOT/ JOEL SAGET (Photo credit should read JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images)
(FILES) - A combo made on September 23, 2011 shows a file picture taken on September 18, 2011 of former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn (L) and another file picture dated September 19 of the young French writer who has accused him of attempted rape, Tristane Banon (R). French prosecutors will set up a face-to-face confrontation between Strauss-Kahn and Banon, they said on Sepetmber 23, 2011. AFP PHOTO /FRANCOIS GUILLOT/ JOEL SAGET (Photo credit should read JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images) Photo: JOEL SAGET/2011 AFP

French prosecutors announced today that they will drop their probe into the accusation by French writer Tristane Banon that Dominique Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her. According to the officials, Strauss-Kahn admitted during questioning to sexually assaulting (or as he put it, kissing) the woman in 2003, but the statute of limitations on that charge is just three years. On the charge of attempted rape, which carries a ten-year limitation, the authorities said they do not have sufficient evidence. As something of a consolation prize for Banon, the prosecutor's office said, "facts that could be qualified as sexual assault have been acknowledged." In Banon's account, the former IMF head went after her "like a rutting chimpanzee" until she kicked and punched him on the floor.

Paris prosecutor: Attempted rape case against Strauss-Kahn dropped, but he admitted assault [AP via WP]