Banon has called Strauss-Kahn a "rutting chimpanzee" and "very violent." She told French TV back in 2007 that she had interviewed him several years earlier for a book she was working on. He tried to hold her hand during the discussion and the hand-holding segued into sexual advances. He became violent and the two scuffled on the floor of his apartment. Eventually, she "kicked him several times, he unbuttoned my bra ... and tried to unzip my jeans." But she was able to get away.
If the Strauss-Kahn affair has taught us anything, it's that it is ridiculous to rush to judgment. We'll see where this new case goes. But, the more that comes out about Strauss-Kahn in France, the easier it is to understand why he doesn't seem to be in any hurry to leave the United States.