Swiss scholar Tariq Ramadan has admitted he had relations with one of the five women who have accused him of rape.
The woman involved is a 45-year-old French national and former escort who was also cited in the Lille Carlton case involving former French Socialist Party minister Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who has since been acquitted. She described the same modus operandi as the other complainants against Ramadan: seduction on social networks at a difficult time in her life, followed by meetings that quickly transformed into violent sexual assault.
"He knows her, he had a relationship with her, but not what she described," said Ramadan's lawyer, Emmanuel Marsigny.
In addition to screen grabs of their online exchanges, the woman also gave investigators a dress that allegedly contains traces of Ramadan's semen.