IMF Chief Held in Sexual Assault

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, one of the world's top finance figures and a likely candidate for the French presidency, was in NYPD custody Saturday evening in connection with the alleged sexual assault of a hotel maid.

NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne confirmed that Strauss-Kahn, the 62-year-old managing director of the International Monetary Fund, was being questioned by detectives from Manhattan's Special Victims unit about an alleged sexual assault said to have taken place around 1 p.m. Saturday at the Sofitel Hotel on West 44th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues in Manhattan, not far from Rockefeller Center.

According to NYPD, Strauss-Kahn was staying in a $3,000-per-night luxury suite at the hotel that included a living room, bedroom and conference  room.

"The 32-year-old maid reported that Strauss-Kahn emerged from the bathroom naked and sexually assaulted her," said Browne. The maid reported the assault and was taken by EMS ambulance to Roosevelt Hospital.

Browne said responding detectives discovered that Stauss-Kahn had left behind his cell phone in his hotel room in his rush to make a flight to Paris on Saturday evening. "The detectives notified Port Authority Police," said Browne, and they took Strauss-Kahn off the plane, according to Browne.