Sunday, May 15, 2011

IMF Head Charged Over Alleged Attempted Rape

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, 62, has been charged with criminal sexual act, attempted rape and unlawful imprisonment, his attorney Benjamin Brafman said
New York Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne said detectives formally arrested Strauss-Kahn at 2:15 a.m.

According to Browne, Police pulled Strauss-Kahn off an Air France flight destined for Paris at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Saturday after the alleged incident.
He was taken into custody and brought to a Manhattan police station for questioning, Browne said.

Browne explained the sexual attack took place at the sofitel hotel where  Strauss-Kahn emerged naked when the 32-year-old hotel employee entered his room to clean it around 1 p.m. Saturday.
The housekeeping employee said she didn't think anyone was in the luxury $3,000-a-night suite when she entered
Strauss-Kahn ran after her down the hallway of the suite. The suite has its own foyer, hallway, living room, bathroom, conference room and bedroom.

The woman said Strauss-Kahn pulled her into a bedroom and started attacking her.
She fought him off, she told investigators, but Strauss-Kahn then dragged her into the bathroom and forced himself on her. Police said Strauss-Kahn tried to remove her underwear, but the woman got away.

The employee ran to the front desk and reported the incident. Hotel staff alerted the New York Police Department.
By the time officers arrived, Strauss-Kahn had left, leaving his cell phone behind at the hotel,

"He left in a hurry,The alleged victim was taken to Roosevelt Hospital (in Manhattan) and was treated for minor injuries," Browne said.

Authorities learned the IMF head was on an outbound flight at Kennedy airport and the Port Authority where told to hold the plane.Two plain-clothes Port Authority police detectives boarded the aircraft just before the door closed on the flight, and found Strauss-Kahn seated in first class, said a law enforcement official who had been briefed on the investigation.

He "offered no resistance" when he was led off the plane, after which he was turned over to New York police, the official said.

The hotel is cooperating with authorities, said John Sheehan, the hotel's director of safety and security.

"We're taking this matter extremely serious, as it's developing," Sheehan said.

A former French finance minister, national legislator and economics professor in Paris, Strauss-Kahn became the IMF's 10th managing director in November 2007. He is also chairman of the IMF executive board.

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