CNN is reporting that ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has launched a pre-emptive strike against Tristane Banon, a 32-year-old French writer, who claims that DSK sexually assaulted her eight years ago. Lawyers for DSK have filed a counterclaim against Banon for "false declarations."
Strauss-Kahn's lawyer's filing was announced shortly after Banon's lawyer, David Koubbi, said he will file the criminal complaint Tuesday with prosecutors, who will determine if there is enough evidence to file charges. The legal fireworks came days after questions arose about the truthfulness of a housekeeper who alleged that Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her in his New York hotel suite in May.
Asked about Banon's allegation, Strauss-Kahn's co-counsel Benjamin Brafman said in New York, "I do not wish to comment."
We find it interesting that Banon refused to cooperate with New York's case against DSK and is now moving forward with her claims on the heels of that case imploding. Since Banon's mother is a politician (who allegedly told her not to report the crime), perhaps her case will be taken more seriously than that of the African maid who can't possibly be attached to illegal activities and raped (tongue firmly planted in cheek).
Strauss-Kahn isn't taking any chances, continuing to vigorously maintain his innocence. We weren't there for either alleged incident, but we will say there sure is a lot of smoke for there not to be any fire.
Read more at CNN.
In other news: Obama Calls the Gop's Bluff on Debt Ceiling.