Dominique Strauss-Kahn's French Accuser, Tristane Banon, to Sue

VIDEO: French journalists lawyer says client will file a lawsuit against ex-IMF chief.
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A French journalist and writer will file a lawsuit Tuesday in connection with an alleged rape attempt by Dominique Strauss-Kahn in 2002, her lawyer said today.

David Koubbi, an attorney for Tristane Banon, told the Associated Press the complaint would relate to an alleged incident that took place when the then 22-year-old woman went to interview Strauss-Kahn in an apartment in Paris.

Banon, now 32, has previously discussed the incident.

Meanwhile, U.S. prosecutors will proceed in this country with their investigation into the alleged rape of a hotel maid by Strauss-Khan, the former International Monetary Fund chief, as fresh revelations emerged in recent days that she has lied to prosecutors and to a grand jury.

"Our prosecutors from the Manhattan D.A.'s office will continue their investigation into these alleged crimes and will do so until we have uncovered all relevant facts,'' Cyrus Vance, a prosecutor in the case, said.

The New York chamber maid that accused French economist Strauss-Kahn of raping her in his Manhattan hotel room has cheated on her taxes, lied about a previous experience of rape in her native Guinea and might have been looking to profit off of her case against the French politician, according to the prosecutors handling her case.

Details that have emerged about the unnamed chambermaid may irrevocably damage the district attorney's case against Strauss-Kahn, who was recently released from house arrest when details of his accusers past and shaky account of what happened between the two in suite 2806 at Sofitel in midtown Manhattan emerged last week.

The blow to the prosecution came after a three-page letter they sent to the Strauss-Kahn's defense attorneys disclosed lies and inconsistencies in the maid's past, along with discrepancies in her account of what occurred after she left Strauss-Kahn's hotel suite May 14.

After details of the maid's checkered past and inconsistent account of events were revealed to the court, Strauss-Kahn appeared before a Manhattan judge Friday where he was released on his own recognizance, and the stiff home confinement bail conditions imposed on him were lifted, al he must remain in the Unites States.

"We have maintained from the beginning that Mr. Strauss-Kahn is innocent of these charges and these recent disclosures reinforce our conviction that he will be exonerated," his attorney, William Taylor, sad.

His accuser's attorneys are "enraged" and the victim is "very upset," according to sources familiar with the case.

According to the D.A.'s letter, just days after Strauss-Kahn's arrest, the hotel maid reportedly called her boyfriend, who is currently in an immigration jail in Arizona, and told him "don't' worry, this guy has a lot of money. I know what I'm doing."

In addition to cheating on her taxes and lying about her income, there are also reports of several bank accounts in her name with large sums of money … though she initially told investigators the hotel was her only source of income.

The D.A.'s letter also revealed that over the course of the interviews it became clear that her accounts of being the victim of a gang rape in the past in her native country were false.

"During both of these interviews, the victim cried and appeared to be markedly distraught when recounting the incident. In subsequent interviews, she had admitted that the gang rape had never occurred," the letter stated.

As in most cases of accusations of rape, the credibility of the complainant is paramount to the prosecution's case.

Also revealed in the letter was that the maid lied to the Grand Jury about what happened after the alleged rape.

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