DSK RAPE CASE DROPPED

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STORY: DSK RAPE CASE DROPPEDDATELINE: Oct. 14, 2011LENGTH: 0:00:45LOCATION: WashingtonVOA French investigation into attempted rape claims against former International Monetary Fund chief, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, has been dismissed.The 62-year-old was accused by a French writer, Tristiane Banon for attempted rape in a Paris flat where she went to interview him in 2003.Following a three-month inquiry, French public prosecutors said existing evidence could suggested sexual assault instead of attempted rape.Sexual assault carries a statute of limitations for three years in France, while that for attempted rape is 10 years. Banon's lawyer says she now intends to pursue her case against the French politician through civil courts. Banon first spoke out after the ex-IMF chief was arrested on charges of attempting to rape a maid at a New York hotel in May.U.S. prosecutors eventually dropped the charges after finding the accuser, 32-year-old Nafissatou Diallo, had told lies.
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