IMF Chief Refused Bail as Court Told of Chambermaid's Ordeal

Daily Mail (London), May 17, 2011 | Go to article overview
Save to active project

IMF Chief Refused Bail as Court Told of Chambermaid's Ordeal

Byline: From Tom Leonard in New York

THE full graphic details of Dominique Strauss-Kahn's alleged brutal sex attack on a New York hotel maid were revealed in court yesterday as the International Monetary Fund head was refused bail as a 'flight risk'.

As France went into political meltdown over the scandal engulfing a leading candidate for the country's presidency, the haggardlooking finance chief appeared before a woman judge at the Manhattan criminal court.

Strauss-Kahn, 62, who should have been meeting European finance ministers in Brussels, was instead forced to listen grim-faced and silent as prosecutors outlined the severity of the charges against him.

After sexually assaulting the 32-yearold housekeeper and attempting to rape her, Strauss-Kahn forced her to perform a sex act, said Assistant District Attorney John McConnell. Judge Melissa Jackson denied a $1million bail application after prosecutors argued that the Frenchman, arrested on a Paris-bound plane hours after the alleged attack at the Sofitel hotel, was not only a flight risk but had possibly carried out a similar assault outside the U.S. Lawyers would not elaborate, but they may be referring to claims by French writer Tristane Banon that Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her nine years ago. She indicated yesterday that she will this week attempt to press charges in Paris.

Strauss-Kahn denies all the charges against him in New York, which include two counts of a first degree criminal sexual act, two counts of sexual abuse, attempted rape, unlawful imprisonment and forcible touching.

A one-page indictment provided further lurid claims. He faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.

Police said the alleged victim picked Strauss-Kahn out of an identity parade on Sunday. He also gave detectives permission to examine him for physical evidence of scratches and DNA from his accuser.

But his lawyers said he has an alibi that was out for lunch at the time of the alleged attack - reportedly with one of his four daughters.

And in France there are growing claims that he is the victim of a set-up - exploiting his famed weakness for women - by his political enemies.

One opponent yesterday claimed that the IMF chief had sexually abused several maids at the Sofitel hotel. Without offering proof of his claims, Michel Debre, an outspoken politician from French president Nicolas Sarkozy's party, said: 'It's not the first time that DSK is involved in this kind of actions at the Sofitel.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Cite this article

Cited article

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited article

IMF Chief Refused Bail as Court Told of Chambermaid's Ordeal


Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?