Lawyer for Strauss-Kahn's French accuser in New York

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Posted: Jul 19, 2011 4:40 PM
Lawyer for Strauss-Kahn's French accuser in New York

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The lawyer for a French woman who says former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her joined the lawyer of Strauss-Kahn's New York-based accuser at the office of prosecutors on Tuesday.

Reporters saw David Koubbi, a lawyer for French writer Tristane Banon, enter and leave the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance along with Kenneth Thompson, the lead attorney representing a hotel maid whose allegations led to Strauss-Kahn's arrest in New York in May.

It was not immediately clear what was discussed.

Strauss-Kahn is facing two separate attempted rape accusations, one on each side of the Atlantic. Tuesday's meeting was the first indication the cases could overlap.

Koubbi, Thompson, and Thompson's partner, Douglas Wigdor, declined to say who they met during their three hours inside the prosecutors' office.

"I want justice for the victim. I want her to be able to tell the truth about what Dominique Strauss-Kahn did to her," Thompson told reporters afterward.

A spokeswoman for Vance referred queries to Thompson.

Thompson has asked Vance to take himself off the case and is also seeking a tape recording of the hotel maid's conversation with a man in an Arizona jail.

Prosecutors have cited that conversation and other statements by the accuser as demonstration of a lack of credibility, which have put the case against Strauss-Kahn in jeopardy.

(Reporting by Joseph Ax; Editing by Daniel Trotta and Sandra Maler)