Former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn, second left, stands with his attorneys William Taylor, left, and Marc Agnifico, second from right, after his bail hearing in New York State Supreme Court, Thursday, May 19, 2011.  (AP / Richard Drew)


PARIS — The lawyer for a French writer who alleged former International Monetary Fund head Dominique Strauss-Kahn sexually assaulted her eight years ago says she won't file a criminal complaint against him for now.

David Koubbi told BFM TV Friday that he and client Tristane Banon will decide later about filing a complaint because they "don't want to be manipulated by the U.S. justice system."

Koubbi made headlines Monday by saying he and Banon were "very seriously considering" a complaint against Strauss-Kahn after a New York hotel maid accused him of sexual assault — leading to his arrest last weekend.

On French TV in 2007, Banon said that during an interview years earlier, Strauss-Kahn had tried to forcibly strip her — and she wrestled with him. Koubbi said she didn't file suit then because she felt "pressures."

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