The plaintiff’s lawyer the Dominique Strauss-Kahn sexual assault case has appealed on French TV for other women to come forward if they complaints against the former International Monetary Fund chief.
“If there is any woman out there, whether in France or in Africa, who have been sexually assaulted or sexually abused by Dominique Strauss-Kahn, I ask them to please call me to contact me,” Kenneth Thompson said on France 2 television.
Thompson announced that he had taken the case on Monday outside the Manhattan courthouse where Strauss-Kahn pleaded not guilty to the alleged sex attack on a hotel chambermaid.
He is known for pursuing multi-million dollar settlements for individuals battling major employers and other powerful opponents but insisted he took the case out of concern for sexually-abused women.
“My law firm champions the rights of people who are taken advantage of all over the world. And so we take this case because we feel that no woman should be sexually assaulted anywhere,” he said.
Thompson has already referred in public to the case of Tristane Banon, a French journalist who says she was assaulted by Strauss-Kahn in 2002.
But Banon, who has yet to take legal action in France, will not testify in the New York case, her lawyer David Koubbi repeated on Wednesday, insisting that the two cases must be dealt with separately.
Strauss-Kahn’s accuser, a 32-year-old west African immigrant, has yet to be seen or heard from in public