In the novel, titled “Le Bal des Hypocrites” (The Hypocrites’ Ball), Banon is raped by a high-ranking French official who lures her into his apartment and begins assaulting and fondling her, advances she tries to fend off.
Though Strauss-Kahn is never named in the book (the fictional attacker is referred to as “the baboon”), it is hard not to make the connection:
“It was nine o’clock that Saturday morning and they were talking about the baboon on the television. He is a superhero, a Messiah, saviour … capable of everything. He would revive the country, lower taxes, understand the weakest and bring happiness and calm to each French household.
“They showed pictures of him; in action in the four corners of the world. Superman. When I saw him his stare made me freeze, the television screen could not protect me, his smile was only for me, it forced its way into my stomach and the image only disappeared when I threw up my lunch. Suddenly his message on my telephone came back to me: “So, I scared you?”. That was eight years ago.
“The years have passed, but nothing has completely effaced the memory.”
Excerpts from the book have been published by Paris Match magazine.
Meanwhile, the Paris prosecutors office dropped its inquiry into Banon’s allegations. Strauss-Kahn has previously admitted to sexual assault against Banon, but not rape. Under French law sexual assault carries a lesser charge than rape. But in order for an investigation to proceed, a complaint must be filed within three years of the alleged assault .
Banon has already said that if the prosecutor’s office dropped the case she would seek private prosecution.
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