French Woman Won't Demand Charges against IMF Head

May 20, 2011 - 2:29 PM

Paris (AP) — The lawyer for a French writer who alleged former International Monetary Dominique Strauss-Kahn sexually assaulted her eight years ago says she won't file a criminal complaint against him for now.

David Koubbi told BFM TV Friday that he and client Tristane Banon will decide later about filing a complaint because they "don't want to be manipulated by the U.S. justice system."

Koubbi made headlines Monday by saying he and Banon were "very seriously considering" a complaint against Strauss-Kahn after a New York hotel maid accused him of sexual assault — leading to his arrest last weekend.

On French TV in 2007, Banon said that during an interview years earlier, Strauss-Kahn had tried to forcibly strip her — and she wrestled with him. Koubbi said she didn't file suit then because she felt "pressures."