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Strauss-Kahn's Lawyers Deny Sexual Assault Claims

In this April 15, 2011, photo, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, center, walks to a meeting of the G-20 finance ministers and central bank governors at  the 2011 Spring Meetings of the IMF and World Bank in Washington. (AP)

In this April 15, 2011, photo, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, center, walks to a meeting of the G-20 finance ministers and central bank governors at the 2011 Spring Meetings of the IMF and World Bank in Washington. (AP)

PARIS- Lawyers for Dominique Strauss-Kahn have refuted the Paris prosecutor's affirmation that the former head of the International Monetary Fund sexually assaulted a young French writer.

Attorneys Frederique Beaulieu and Henri Leclerc dismissed allegations by writer Tristane Banon that Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her during a 2003 interview as "lying accusations."

In a statement Friday, the lawyers insisted Strauss-Kahn "didn't hide anything about the exact nature of his relations" with Banon.

The statement comes a day after the Paris prosecutor's office said it has dropped an investigation into Banon's attempted rape claims but added that Strauss-Kahn admitted during questioning to actions amounting to sexual assault.