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Egyptian Businessman Arrested in Alleged Sex Assault on Hotel Maid

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A former chairman of one of Egypt's top banks was awaiting arraignment Tuesday after he was arrested on charges of sexually abusing a maid at a posh Upper East Side hotel, cops said.

Mahmoud Abdel Salam Omar, 74, is accused of touching a housekeeper inappropriately and preventing her from leaving his room at The Pierre on E. 61st Street on Monday after he called room service requesting tissues.

The complaint against the former head of the Bank of Alexandria was found by detectives to be credible, NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said.

The alleged incident came just weeks after former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was arrested for allegedly attempting to rape a maid at a midtown hotel.

Omar was held Monday night at a police precinct and was expected to be arraigned Tuesday. There was no information available about whether he had an attorney.

With the Associated Press

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andrew from nyc

"touching a housekeeper in appropriately"....I think you meant to write inappropriately.

May. 31 2011 12:07 PM

Service in high end hotels and restaurants has become shockingly worse over the years. It's almost as if the customer has become so important, that they are allowed to do all kinds of things that are intolerable. I worked at the Mark in a JeanGeorges restaurant, and one of the Maitre d's said that a "guest" spit on a hostess when she didn't get the table she wanted. The Maitre d' seemed to think "that's just how it is, and you have to put up with it."

I would personally spit back on someone who did that to me.

May. 31 2011 10:13 AM

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