The head of the International Monetary Fund has been remanded in custody accused of a sex attack on a US hotel maid.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn was refused bail by a New York judge who decided he might attempt to flee the country.
The 62-year-old, who before his arrest at the weekend was seen as a favourite to become France's next president, must stay in jail until his next hearing on May 20, despite offering to post a million dollar bail bond.
Strauss-Kahn is accused of attacking the maid who went in to clean his 3,000-dollars (£1,850) a night penthouse suite at a luxury hotel near Times Square.
Defence Lawyer Benjamin Brafman said his client denied any wrongdoing.
Strauss-Kahn faces charges including attempted rape, sex abuse, criminal sex act, unlawful imprisonment and forcible touching.
The top count is punishable by five to 25 years in prison.