Tristiane Banon who accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of trying to rape her calls him a pig in her latest book
He'll never be anything but "the pig'' to her.
French journalist Tristiane Banon who accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of trying to rape her has written a fictionalised account of their brief encounter.
What she has to say: French author Tristiane Banon writes a ficitional acount of the time when former IMF chief Strauss-Kahn made the moves on her like a 'rutting chimpanzee' in her new book. File pics
And while the former IMF chief may be the central character, writer Banon never refers to him as anything but "le cochon,'' the pig.
"Eight years ago, le cochon stole my life,'' she writes in her introduction to her book, titled The Hypocrites' Ball. In fact, the book does not include the real names of any of her characters.
But anyone who has followed the soap opera in New York and Paris will not have any problem figuring out who's who.
The author insisted she's not interested in making money off her ordeal.
"I was offered lots of money to go on American TV to say I was making a complaint,'' she writes in the intro. "I told David (her lawyer) to tell them to get lost.''
Her publisher has no doubts about her sincerity.
She issued a press release exclaiming, "with a dignity and sincerity that earns our full admiration, she tells the story of the six weeks that changed her life.''
Banon said DSK made his moves on her while she was interviewing him for a French newspaper in 2003, describing him as a "rutting chimpanzee.''
In 2007, she told a TV talk show, "We ended up fighting. It finished really violently. We fought on the floor.'' DSK has admitted trying to get into her pants but insisted he never got violent.
French investigators last month arranged a face-to-face meeting between DSK and Banon, but the two did not reach a detente.
The onetime contender for the French presidency was "arrogant'' and "cold,'' she said after the meeting.