Strauss-Kahn's lawyers deny sexual assault claims

By the Associated Press | October 14, 2011 | 7:40 AM EDT

FILE - In this Sept.29, 2011 file photo, Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn leaves a police station after a one-on-one meeting with writer, Tristane Banon, who accuses him of attempted rape, in Paris. The Paris prosecutor's office has dropped an investigation into a French writer's claim that Dominique Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her. The prosecutor's office announced Thursday Oct.13, 2011 that it is closing the case, prompted by a complaint by writer Tristane Banon. (AP Photo/Mathieu Cugnot, File)

PARIS (AP) — 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.