The France 24 website reports today (November 23, 2011) that former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn -- who was arrested in New York City last May and charged with trying to rape a hotel maid -- is now suing several newspapers and an adviser to French President Nicolas Sarkozy over reports about him.
His lawyers said they were pursuing French daily newspaper Le Figaro and several French magazines, as well as Henri Guaino, a senior Sarkozy adviser.
In the U.S. case, prosecutors dropped the attempted rape charges against Strauss-Kahn, because of several lies of the hotel maid that detectives noticed. When he returned to France, a French woman filed an attempted rape case against Strauss-Kahn, but that case was also dropped, because it occurred too long ago to be pursued in the courts.
Now, several French periodicals have been writing articles about a prostitution situation in northern France, in which Strauss-Kahn was allegedly involved.