Sunday, May 15, 2011

Strauss-Kahn- IMF chief alleged over New York 'sex offense'

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the chief of the International Monetary Fund, has been alleged by New York police over an accused sex assault on a hotel maid.

Mr. Strauss-Kahn, 62, was taken off an Air France plane at JFK airport in a few minutes before it gone for Paris. According to the police he faces three allegations, including tried rape. His lawyer told Reuters he would beg not culpable. The married past French finance minister is also thought a probable Socialist candidate for the presidency. 
Mr. Strauss-Kahn has been traveled high in the surveys and was seen as having a real opportunity of defeating President Nicolas Sarkozy. Martine Aubry, leader of France's Socialist Party, illustrates news of his detention as a "thunderbolt" which left her "astonished". Mr. Strauss-Kahn is anticipated to emerge before a New York state court later on Sunday. He had been planned to meet up German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday, but that meeting has now been postponed, reports say.
On Monday he had scheduled to be present at a meeting of European Union finance ministers in Brussels on Monday to talk about the bailouts of Portugal and Greece. Sources say his arrest is probably to set hurdles current efforts to strengthen the finances of struggling Eurozone member states. In a short statement posted online on Sunday, an IMF spokeswoman accepted Mr. Strauss-Kahn's detention and said the organization would not remark on the case.
"The IMF stays complete operating and functional," she added.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn's detention stretched in staged fashion as he was suspended to fly to Europe. New York's Port Authority’s spokesman said they arrested Mr. Strauss-Kahn at JFK airport at the call of the New York Police Department. Paul Browne NYPD spokesman said, Mr. Strauss-Kahn had been blamed with a illegal sexual act, tried rape and illicit locking up associating to a happening involving a 32-year-old woman. The Frenchman positions charged of a sexual assault on a maid at a Manhattan hotel.
Mr. Browne said the blames had been made by a 32-year-old woman who worked at the hotel, which has been recognized as the Sofitel near Times Square. His lodging there was illustrated by the New York Times as a lavishness suite costing US$ 3,000 per night.
Mr. Browne told, that we received a call that a chambermaid in a hotel in midtown Manhattan had been sexually attacked by the lodger of a luxury suite at that hotel, and that that person had escaped," "The maid expressed being by force assaulted, confined the room and sexually attacked," he said. Mr. Browne provided more points on the blames against Mr. Strauss-Kahn
"She told detectives he came out of the bathroom naked, ran down a hallway to the [suite] foyer where she was, pulled her into a bedroom and began to sexually assault her, according to her account." "She dragged away from him and he pulled her down a hallway into the bathroom where he engaged in an unlawful sexual act, according to her account to police officers. He attempted to lock her into the hotel room." By the time police performed their duties out that lodger of the room was Mr. Strauss-Kahn, the IMF chief was on board an Air France plane at John F Kennedy airport, about to leave for Paris.
"Our police officer requested of the airport officials that they end the plane from departure, went to the airport and took him into charge," Mr. Browne said. "If our detectives had been 10 minutes delayed he would have been in the air and on their way to France."The woman has been treated at hospital for slight wounds. He said Mr. Strauss-Kahn showed to have gone the hotel "in a rush", parting his mobile phone and other personal belongings behind.
Mr Strauss-Kahn ran for leadership of the French Socialist Party in 2006 but lost to Segolene Royale.
He was appointed managing director of the IMF the following year.
Mr Strauss-Kahn has succeeded admire for his stewardship of the IMF, which he has directed through thorny times including the current world financial crisis. But in 2008 he was inquired by the IMF board over his association with a female member of his staff.
 The board lined his actions "imitated a grave mistake of judgment" but that the association had been consensual. He expressed regret to IMF staff and his wife, French TV personality Anne Sinclair. Mr. Strauss-Kahn has not yet declared whether he plans to run in the 2012 French presidential elections, but had broadly been likely to do so.

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