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One of Diallo’s lawyers, Douglas Wigdor, said the French prosecutors were swayed by the New York prosecutor’s decision to drop the U.S. case.

“We have supported and believe that Ms. Banon was sexually assaulted by Mr. Strauss-Kahn and are pleased that the prosecutors in Paris, as has been reported, have found evidence supporting a sexual assault,” he said in a statement.

The Associated Press does not generally name accusers in sexual assault cases unless they agree to be named or identify themselves publicly, as Banon and Diallo have done.

Associated Press writer Angela Charlton in Paris contributed to this report.