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Banon publishes novel about 'pig' DSK

Matthew Warren · 12 Oct 2011, 07:58

Published: 12 Oct 2011 11:50 GMT+02:00
Updated: 12 Oct 2011 07:58 GMT+02:00

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Tristane Banon, who has accused former IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape, is launching a book on Thursday which sets out her version of events.

The 126-page book, titled Le Bal des Hypocrites (Dance of the hypocrites), never uses the name of Strauss-Kahn, instead referring to the main protagonist as "the pig".

"With a dignity and sincerity that earns our full admiration, she tells the story of the six weeks that changed her life," said the book's publisher in a statement.

In the book, Banon recounts the story she has already given on news programmes and to investigators currently looking into her complaint. 

"Eight years ago the pig stole my life," she writes by way of introduction. She also details how she was invited to appear on television in the US but refused.

"I was offered lots of money to go on American TV to say I was making a complaint. I told David [Koubbi, her lawyer] to tell them to get lost," she writes.

Banon had the opportunity to come face-to-face with her alleged attacker when the two were questioned by investigators in September. The same day, Banon went on an evening news programme to talk about the experience.

"I honestly thought he would apologize," she told newscaster Laurence Ferrari. "He didn't even dare look at me."

40,000 copies of the book have been published. The book is the fourth by Banon, who has published three novels. She also works as a journalist for titles including Paris Match and Le Figaro.


Matthew Warren (news.france@thelocal.com)

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Your comments about this article

2011-10-14 04:36:23 by maxbrando
Then, how should her version of the story be related and discussed? By calling her a whore or a golddiger? DSK never cared whether his victim was rich, famous or notable. Why should you hippocrites now care about what she is/was?? You French ate a despicable bunch of hippocrites, and cling to the old mo0del. Even you females who refuse to defend her, even in the face of the French prosecutor who who says there is enough evidence to prosecute but that the statute of limitations has expired. The French seem to love sexual predators, DSK, and even convicted pedophiles - Polanski. What kind of nation have you become???
2011-10-12 19:10:37 by merlu free
She was totally unknown before this as a journalist or as a writer. An opportunity for her to reach the top of the fame ?
2011-10-12 19:08:59 by merlu free
She was totally unknown before this as a journalist or as a writer. An opportunity for her to reach the top of the fame ?
2011-10-12 18:29:12 by Mort27
The product of dysfunctional and chaotic childhood, promiscuous Tristane Banon is money-grabbing, spiteful and vindictive. She is a leech who is using her connection to a famous public figure for personal gain. Over the years she was giving inconsistent versions of her story.
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