IMF Chief Denied Bail as Court Is Told of Chambermaid's Ordeal
Byline: Tom Leonard
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 haggard-looking 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 marched into court in handcuffs and forced to listen 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.
Strauss-Kahn is due to be transferred from a courthouse detention centre to New York's notorious Rikers Island jail on Monday.
He will probably be held in isolation under 24-hour watch, mainly for his own protection from other inmates.
Both Rikers and the courthouse detention centre, best known as 'The Tombs', are harsh, loud and dangerous.
'It's crowded and the food is terrible. And one of the dangerous things is famous people are preyed upon,' said Gerald Lefcourt, a well-known defence lawyer, referring to both places.
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 he was out for lunch at the time of the alleged attack - reportedly with one of his four daughters. …