Egyptian Businessman Arrested in Alleged Sex Assault on Hotel Maid

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