After weeks of fighting accusations of sexual assault against a hotel maid, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former head of the International Monetary Fund, is facing new allegations. Tristane Banon, a French novelist, is filing a criminal complaint against Strauss-Kahn for attempted rape in 2003. The statute of limitations for rape cases in France is 10 years. Will this case be negatively affected by the outcome of the first case? Or by the media’s attention?
We speak with Linda Fairstein. Fairstein worked in the Manhattan district attorney’s office from 1976 to 2002, prosecuting sex crimes focusing on women and children. She’s currently a novelist.