Sunday, May 15, 2011
The head of the IMF has been charged with a criminal sexual act, attempted rape and unlawful imprisonment, following allegations made by a hotel maid in New York.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn was taken into custody at JFK airport after being pulled from the first-class cabin of a flight to Paris just minutes before take-off.
The 62-year-old married father of four is due to appear before a judge later today.
The lawyer representing Mr Strauss-Kahn, Benjamin Brafman, has indicated he “will plead not guilty” to the charges.
The incident is alleged to have happened in Mr Strauss-Kahn’s luxury suite at the Sofitel hotel, not far from Manhattan’s Times Square. A 32-year-old maid told authorities she was attacked when she went into clean the room.