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Strauss-Kahn accusers to combine forces

world Updated: Jul 21, 2011 23:19 IST

Lawyers representing the two women who claim Dominique Strauss-Kahn tried to rape them have met for the first time in New York, raising the prospect that they will join forces to strengthen their cases against the former IMF boss.

David Koubbi, representing Tristane Banon, the young French writer who alleges Strauss-Kahn sexually assaulted her in 2003, flew from France on Tuesday for the meeting with Kenneth Thompson, lawyer for the hotel maid whose accusations against the former head of the IMF led to his arrest in May.

The pair met in the offices of Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance, who is heading the case against Strauss-Kahn. Details of their discussions are not known.

According to Le Figaro newspaper, Vance plans to summon Banon to give evidence against Strauss-Kahn in a U.S. court.