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Dominique Strauss-Kahn Lawyers Deny Tristane Banon Rape Accusations

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PARIS -- Lawyers for Dominique Strauss-Kahn have disputed the Paris prosecutor's statement that the former head of the International Monetary Fund admitted to sexually assaulting a French writer.

Attorneys Frederique Beaulieu and Henri Leclerc dismissed allegations by writer Tristane Banon that Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her during a 2003 interview as "lying accusations."

In a statement Friday, the lawyers insisted that Strauss-Kahn "didn't hide anything about the exact nature of his relations" with Banon.

The statement comes a day after the Paris prosecutor's office said it has dropped an investigation into Banon's attempted rape claims but added that Strauss-Kahn admitted during questioning to actions amounting to sexual assault.

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