Judge denies bail to IMF chief accused of sexual assault
May 16th, 2011
12:56 PM ET

Judge denies bail to IMF chief accused of sexual assault

[Updated at 12:56 p.m.] The head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, is charged with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual act; one count of first-degree attempted rape; one count of first-degree sexual abuse; one count of second-degree unlawful imprisonment; one count of forcible touching; and one count of third-degree sexual abuse, prosecutors said Monday.

[Posted at 12:52 p.m.] A New York judge denied bail Monday to International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

The head of the IMG was in court Monday to answer allegations that he chased a housekeeping employee down the hall of his swanky New York hotel suite and sexually assaulted her.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn's arraignment was delayed a day after he agreed to forensic testing requested by police, said his attorney, William Taylor. The IMF chief's other attorney, Benjamin Brafman, vowed Sunday to vigorously defend him in court, insisting his client is innocent.

Police allege Strauss-Kahn sexually assaulted the 32-year-old woman Saturday at the Sofitel hotel in Manhattan, and then quickly headed off to a New York airport to board a Paris-bound flight.

The arrest of the 62-year-old, widely considered a leading potential candidate for the French presidency, has triggered intense political chatter across the Atlantic. In France, it delivered what newspaper Le Figaro called a "thunderclap" to the presidential race. The allegations also triggered disappointment within Strauss-Kahn's Socialist party; some at the party's headquarters were in tears Monday.

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  1. Linari

    cool kat, you were trolled.
    No need to make disparanging remarks about Joey.
    Now you understand how he feels.

    May 16, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joey

    You know I'm going to ignore that one.

    May 16, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joey

    Now we're all out of order.

    May 16, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. stewie

    I find it hard to believe that ANY prosecutor would even begin to touch this case without overwhelming evidence. Even Barbara Walters has started giving reasons as to why he might have done this.

    May 16, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mmmmm

    Joey the housekeeper slash groom slash gay slash hustler should be a short series on the lifetime channel, and uh, you can go for the male version of sue ellen television series where the guy and gay buddies schemes to prevail over the rich family blackmail to get his monetary due.

    May 16, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. cool kat

    I suppose only the troll who trolled knows who he or she is.

    May 16, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy

    I'm not going there, either.

    May 16, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joey

    I wish I watched soaps. Maybe I could just write soaps.
    Think I'll read some Scott Meridith and give it a try, huh?

    May 16, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Scarcozy

    Cheshire cat

    May 16, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. s kel

    andre just shut the f-ck up please.

    May 16, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joseph McCarthy

      Will you kindly cut the Tea Party lingo out,please? It has no place here.

      May 17, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  11. Joey

    Related to topic through IMF:
    I'd vote to keep Greece–especially the little islands–going as a worldwide welfare project.
    So what if they can't handle money?
    They live almost in heaven, and very few of them are mean.

    May 17, 2011 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
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