Dominique Strauss-Kahn, or DSK faces fresh claims over attempted rape.

The former International Monetary chief is on the offensive after French novelist Tristane Banon, 31, who claimed in 2007 to have been attacked, said yesterday she intended to file charges.

She alleged at the time: “He opened my bra and tried to undo my jeans.”

Banon's lawyer, David Koubbi, announced yesterday that Banon, who claimed the incident took place in 2002 when she was 22 years-old, plans to file against Strauss-Kahn today.

If filed, the case may be assessed for sufficient evidence before being potentially passed on to a judge.

However, Strauss-Kahn is reportedly already braced to sue Banon for false declarations.

Strauss-Kahn is already under investigation by U.S. prosecutors for the alleged rape of a maid in a New York hotel, though the prosecutors' case suffered a heavy blow last week when it was revealed that the maid had lied to prosecutors and to a grand jury.

The charges drove Strauss-Kahn to resign as head of the IMF and initially appeared to have dashed the political career of the man once seen as a likely future French president.

But on Friday Strauss-Kahn was released from house after prosecutors said the maid lied to the grand jury.

A French poll showed 49% of people want Strauss-Kahn, 62, to return to politics.

Banon publicly described the 2002 alleged attack by Strauss-Kahn on a French television show in 2007.

"It ended up violent… I kicked him several times, he unbuttoned my bra … and tried to unzip my jeans," Banon said on the show.

Banon had arranged to meet with Strauss-Kahn to interview him for her first book "Admitted Mistakes," in which she queried politicians about the greatest error of their careers.

Banon said in the clip that Strauss-Kahn told her to meet him at an address that turned out to be an apartment that was empty except for a bed and a video camera. Banon said she was "surprised" when told to meet him there since she knew where he lived and worked.

Once inside, Banon said, Strauss-Kahn insisted that she conduct the interview "holding his hand."

Banon said that the hand-holding turned into sexual advances and that Strauss-Kahn became violent. They fought on the floor of the apartment.

"When we were fighting, I used the word 'rape' to scare him," said Banon, which she said did not stop Strauss-Kahn. Ultimately, she fought him off and left.

Koubbi said that Banon did not immediately file charges because her mother advised her against it.

Lawyers for 62-year-old Strauss-Kahn told The Associated Press Banon's story is "imaginary."

"[Strauss-Kahn] notes that this complaint comes quite conveniently right at the moment when there is no longer the slightest doubt about the false nature of the accusations against him in the United States," attorneys Henri Leclerc and Frederique Baulieu said in a joint statement, according to the AP.

Prosecutors in the case against the alleged rape of the hotel maid on May 14, are said to be poised to drop all the sex assault charges due to doubts about his accuser's credibility, U.S. media reported Tuesday.

"It would have to be that I believed every word that came out of her mouth, and that I believe in the criminal aspect of what occurred," said Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon, discussing considerations she will weigh in deciding whether or not to proceed with the case.

The New York Post meanwhile quoted a top investigator as being even more emphatic that a dismissal is likely, saying: "We all know this case is not sustainable."

Strauss-Kahn's next scheduled court date July 18.