New York jury indicts Strauss-Kahn on seven counts; court grants bail
Dominque Strauss-Kahn was indicted on seven counts in New York on Thursday, the same day he was granted bail.
May 19th, 2011
03:41 PM ET

New York jury indicts Strauss-Kahn on seven counts; court grants bail

[Updated at 3:59 p.m. ET] Strauss-Kahn has been granted bail on several conditions.

He must post a $1 million cash bail, surrender his travel documents and agree to home detention. He must also post a $5 million cash bond.

Strauss-Kahn had previously been held without bail at New York's Rikers Island prison.

[Posted at 3:41 p.m. ET] A grand jury in New York has voted to indict former International Monetary Fund managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn on seven criminal charges.

The charges are two counts of criminal sexual act in the first degree, sexual abuse in the first degree, sexual abuse in the third degree, unlawful imprisonment in the second degree, attempt to commit rape in the first degree and forcible touching.

Strauss-Kahn was arrested earlier this month and charged in connection with an alleged sexual assault on a 32-year-old housekeeping employee at a luxury suite in a Manhattan hotel.

Read CNN's full coverage of the Strauss-Kahn indictment and bail hearing
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  1. jantruitt

    IMF Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn Resigns

    May 20, 2011 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
  2. libertarian

    @Michelle, It may have been Italy I don't remember, for some reason Spain stuck in my head. Italy is far from a third rate justice system though. For instance, a prosecutor in Italy not only has to look for evidence of guilt but he\she is also charged with looking for evidence of innocence. Secondly if a someone is questioned about a crime and they start to incriminate themselves the interrogation must immediately stop and the person must be advised to get a lawyer. The holding of suspects is very similar to our own. The question is,why are people so upset, what was the police supposed to do? They apparently had some evidence that a crime may have been committed and he was preparing to leave the country. Who knows if he would've come back. Roman Polanski didn't. Yes innocent until proven guilty, but if there's evidence then shouldn't we find out. Would your reaction be the same if it were someone that looked like a bum and had been accused of r ape or child mo l e station , I doubt it you would probably assume guilt first as nearly all of us do. It is an absolute fact that looks and money play a big part in the assumption of innocence.

    May 20, 2011 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
  3. anaeliss

    I hope this maid get a movie or book deal out of this man downfall or the whole stunt will be for nothing!!!Because this will cost her her job in the future.

    May 20, 2011 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
  4. libertarian

    Couple of grammar errors, sorry.

    May 20, 2011 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  5. niki

    @ jasvir so true man need 2 keep it outside of work. @ michelle so true the way he is getting treated

    May 20, 2011 at 3:00 am | Report abuse |
  6. niki

    men dont care if the women is high class or low when they want it they go after it

    May 20, 2011 at 3:06 am | Report abuse |
  7. Hmmm

    A room that costs $3000 a night. A maid just walks right in because she is told to go clean it ? Who is watching what goes on at that hotel ? Then a man staying there just walks out of the bathroom ( naked ) and chases the maid down etc. etc.? Give me a break.

    May 20, 2011 at 4:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Frontline

      Listen Hmmmm... get your head out of your butt. These hotels work no differently than others. They make their rounds to clean the rooms at set intervals. Typically people are not in their rooms at around noon. High priced or not, the rooms have to get cleaned. She followed hotel policy, she left the door cracked with the cleaning cart at the entrance. She was the victim not him. You obviously never stayed in a hotel before. Many, many hotel staff walk in on people doing lots of crazy sh!t.

      May 20, 2011 at 6:00 am | Report abuse |
  8. Bertrand

    congratulations to Judge Jackson and the DA folks : the politician in France that was most likely to unite France and America – that very guy – they don't even agree to have him get treated as if it was anybody else. He should on top of that be treater harshlier.

    As someone that got to understand who Mr. Strauss-Kahn is, I am devastated that Manhattan judicial people couldn't open their eyes a little bit and just act opportunistically. Mr. Strauss-Kahn in jail for 5 to 10 years in America would considerably harm transatlantic relationships.

    May 20, 2011 at 5:16 am | Report abuse |
  9. Ellis from Panama

    $3000 a night for a room? Too much, I'll go to the Motel 6 instead. Oh room service, pizza with extra sausage please.

    May 20, 2011 at 5:49 am | Report abuse |
  10. Ellis from Panama

    Hello, I'm Ellis and I wear women's under garments. Have a nice day.

    May 20, 2011 at 5:52 am | Report abuse |
  11. Lochan

    Dont seem to be much sympathy for the maid in these comments, she black or something?

    May 20, 2011 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
    • clarke

      You are disgraceful. "Is she black or something" as if that makes a difference you jerk.

      May 20, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  12. Lochan

    -and dont worry yourselves bout trans-Atlantic relations, the're bad enough already

    May 20, 2011 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
  13. Joe

    The maid was the same color as those murdered on 9/11. The man accused of molesting this maid is facing 7 seperate formal charges. (indictments) How many chargers were filed against OBL for doing 9/11. Zero. Not one US Judge ever indicted OBL for 911.

    May 20, 2011 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
  14. Joe

    At least this man has been indicted and will see his day in court. We could have just killed him instead of charging him. We do that ya know. Proud to be an american? If you love what America has become, you never really knew her.

    May 20, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • espero

      I've read a good deal of American history – and some of it is beyond horrifying. I'll second your comment, Joe.

      May 20, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Boogie

      hey man...I think your lava lamp is melting, better go eat some more of your pot brownies and giggle at it.
      You silly goose, America is a killer of men...we're good at it and the fear of us doing it keeps a lot of countries in line.
      That's the truth you can't handle...too bad..."She" has been this way for 200 plus years.
      The more we turn into a bunch of hippies who fight to give precious human rights to people that act like ANIMALS, the more the rest of the world sees us as an easy target....more attacks will follow if we don't flex our muscles once in a while.

      May 20, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  15. espero

    Had the same thing happened to me in a hotel suite in Havana. Took my morning shower, dried off and went out into the bedroom to get dressed. There stood a hotel maid with the most horrified look on her face I think I've ever seen. She said, ahhhh, lo siento mucho, and flew out the door.

    I hadn't heard her knock before entering – standard procedure, and when she entered, she didn't hear me drying off, understandably. I waited in the hall until she exited another room she was cleaning, apologized profusely, told her it was all my fault, and not to worry about the management hearing anything from me. the poor lady was horribly embarrassed, and even more frightened of losing her job. She eventually left me a card with an apology, and a thanks for not making her life more difficult than it already was. I still have that card.

    The incident was utterly unintentional on both parts, and it never occurred to me to assault her – I wonder why?

    May 20, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • espero

      @Boogie: Not another vicarious hero that likes nothing better than to watch 'our guys' kill 'their guys' on television from a safe distance. Can't help but get the impression that you enjoy war, and think peace is for brownie eaters. If, indeed, ignorance is bliss, you must be a very satisfied individual.

      May 20, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • espero

      " America is a killer of men...we're good at it.." If that isn't an 'extremest' perspective, I've never heard one. Apparently, you haven't heard the one about the US being a 'peace loving' country that would rather have it's sons and daughters in university or the work force, rather than buried in Arlington. Congratulations.

      May 20, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
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