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Strauss-Kahn Meets Rape Accuser at Paris Police Station

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn leaves his home on his way to a police station to confront a writer who accuses him of attempted rape, in Paris, France, Sept. 29, 2011.
Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn leaves his home on his way to a police station to confront a writer who accuses him of attempted rape, in Paris, France, Sept. 29, 2011.

Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and the French writer who accuses him of attempted rape are meeting with investigators in Paris to determine whether prosecutors will press charges in the case.

Strauss-Kahn arrived Thursday at the Paris police station for a face-to-face meeting with Tristane Banon, who says Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her during a 2003 interview. Strauss-Kahn calls the charge "imaginary," saying their encounter was consensual.

Banon has said that she may bring a civil lawsuit against the ex-IMF chief if prosecutors do not move forward with a criminal prosecution.

Strauss-Kahn returned home to France earlier this month after separate sexual assault charges against him were dropped in the United States.

He resigned as the IMF's managing director in May after being arrested at John F. Kennedy International airport and charged with the sexual assault and attempted rape of a hotel maid in New York City.

U.S. prosecutors dropped the case, saying they did not trust the accuser, Guinean immigrant Nafissatou Diallo. Strauss-Kahn still faces a civil lawsuit by the maid.

Earlier this month, Strauss-Kahn told a French television station that he regrets having sex with Diallo, calling the incident a "moral failing." But he said that his encounter with the maid was also consensual, insisting there was no aggression or violence involved.

Strauss-Kahn says he has ruled out a run for the French presidency next year, calling his political future "uncertain."

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.

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