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French Strauss-Kahn sex case dropped.

Summary: Prosecutors have dropped an investigation into a writer's accusation of attempted rape against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

Prosecutors in France have dropped an investigation into a writer's accusation of attempted rape against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn due to insufficient evidence.

He was accused by writer Tristane Banon of attempted rape in a Paris flat where she went to interview him eight years ago.

Although the public prosecutor's office acknowledged that evidence existed suggesting sexual assault, they said a prosecution on that lesser charge was not possible under the statute of limitations.

"What came to light is that, while there is not enough evidence to pursue on a count of attempted rape, there are elements that can be qualified as sexual assault," the prosecutor's office said in a statement on the outcome of a preliminary inquiry by police.

Since the incident dated back to 2003 and Banon had only filed her complaint in 2011, the matter could not be pursued, the statement said.

Strauss-Kahn's lawyers had dismissed the accusations and launched a counter-suit against Banon for alleged defamation.

Strauss-Kahn, who was once runaway favourite to become the next French president, quit as head of the IMF in May after police arrested him in New York on charges of attempting to rape a hotel maid.

He denied the charges, which were later dropped.

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