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IMF Chief Accused of Sexual Assault Held Without Bail

Monday, May 16, 2011

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the head of the International Monetary Fund, entered Manhattan Federal Court Monday on charges of attempted rape, sex abuse, criminal sex act, unlawful imprisonment and forcible touching and is being been held without bail.

Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers asked prosecutors to set a $1 million bail and promised that the IMF chief would remain in New York City.

However, the District Attorney called him a “flight risk.”

Defense attorney Benjamin Brafman said his client denies any wrongdoing.

 Defense attorney Benjamin Brafman says his client denies any wrongdoing.

Strauss-Kahn, 62, a possible contender for French presidency, allegedly sexually assaulted a maid at the Sofitel Hotel in Midtown Manhattan Saturday afternoon. He was apprehended by Port Authority police minutes before his Air France flight  was set to depart JFK airport, according to NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne.

A court appearance by Strauss-Kahn was delayed Sunday evening due to “scientific and forensic examinations” requested by the government, his lawyer said Sunday evening.

William Taylor, a lawyer for Strauss-Kahn, said Sunday that his client “willingly consented” to the requested examination. Taylor added that Strauss-Kahn is “tired, but he’s fine.”

“He intends to vigorously defend these charges, and he denies any wrongdoing,” Taylor said.

With reporting by Mirela Iverac and Associated Press

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