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Legal complaints complicate case against Strauss-Kahn

IMF chief and Tristane Banon

IMF chief and Tristane Banon Photo Credit: Getty Images

As a French writer filed sex assault charges against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn on Tuesday, the hotel maid who accused him of rape filed a libel suit against the New York Post for falsely reporting that she is a prostitute.

A lawyer for French writer Tristane Banon, 32, filed a legal complaint in France against Strauss-Kahn claiming he tried to rape her while she interviewed him in a Paris apartment in 2003. She told French media she’s coming forward now to dispel the “lies and rumors” against her.

Attorneys for Strauss-Kahn, 62, have threatened to file a slander suit against Banon, calling her statements “imaginary.”

Meanwhile, the midtown hotel maid who is accusing Strauss-Kahn of sexually assaulting her in May filed a defamation suit in the Bronx against The Post for describing her as a “hooker” in recent reports.

The Post cited an unnamed source claiming the 32-year-old Guinean immigrant allegedly worked double duty as a call girl. Strauss-Kahn’s defense team has reportedly been building a case of consensual sex.

“All of these statements are false, have subjected the plaintiff to humiliation, scorn and ridicule throughout the world by falsely portraying her as a prostitute,” according to the suit.

A Post spokeswoman said the newspaper stands by its reporting.

As the case against Strauss-Kahn appears on the brink of collapse – and could potentially be dismissed within the next two weeks – Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday gave a different take on perp walks. Strauss-Kahn was infamously paraded before the media after his arrest.

At the time, Bloomberg said that suspects shouldn’t “do the crime” if they don’t want “to do the perp walk.” But in remarks to reporters, he called the walks “outrageous.”

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