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Dominique Strauss-Kahn is the former IMF chief who faced sexual assault charges that were dismissed.
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His reputation as a womanizer, however, did not disappear with the charges.
Strauss-Kahn again entered the spotlight on May 14, 2011, when a 32-year-old New York City hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo accused him of sexual assault. The allegations caused a media frenzy in the United States, and rocked French politics. Strauss-Kahn was the favored Socialist candidate for president,
seen as having a strong chance at beating Nicolas Sarkozy in the 2012 election.
On May 18, 2011, four days after he was accused, Strauss-Kahn resigned from the IMF. He was indicted the next day on multiple counts of sexual abuse. He was released from jail on $1 million bail and a $5 million bond, and placed under house arrest. At his arraignment on June 6, Strauss-Kahn pleaded not guilty.
Another allegation against Strauss-Kahn surfaced in May 2011. Tristane Banon, 32-year old French journalist and god-daughter of Strauss-Kahn's second wife, said that he had raped her in 2002 when she interviewed him for a book she was writing. Banon said her mother, Anne Mansouret, convinced her not to press charges at the time. Mansouret said in an interview that she had wanted to avoid bringing to light her own affair with Strauss-Kahn. In July 2011, an preliminary investigation began into Banon's charges.
In late June 2011, it was reported that the case in New York against Strauss-Kahn was falling apart. Diallo's story appeared to have inconsistencies, and her credibility came into question. A New York judge eventually dismissed the charges in August. It remains to be seen whether or not Strauss-Kahn will be able to resuscitate his political career.
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