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Police in France Investigate 2003 Strauss-Khan Rape Case

French writer Tristane Banon, who has accused former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape, with her lawyer, David Koubbi, as they leave his office in Paris, July 5, 2011. (file photo)

French police Monday began investigating an alleged rape attempt in 2003 involving former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Khan and a journalist.

Police officials spoke with Strauss-Khan Monday about the sexual assault case.

The French journalist says Strauss-Khan tried to rape her in an empty Paris apartment in 2003 when she went to interview him.

Strauss-Khan returned to his home country of France earlier this month after rape charges in New York were dropped. He has denied the charges against him in both cases.

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