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he 62-year-old former International Monetary Fund chief had been accused by French writer Tristane Banon of attacking her in a flat in the French capital in 2003. She claimed he had acted like a "rutting chimpanzee".
Following a three month inquiry, judges said the violence shown by Mr Strauss-Kahn happened such a long time ago that a criminal case could not be launched.
While the statute of limitations for attempted rape is 10 years in France, it is only three years for sexual assault.
Judges confirmed that the 'sex acts' exchanged between the two had taken place, and that Mr Strauss-K