Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

IMF boss refused bail in sex case

Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been remanded in custody at Manhattan Criminal Court in New York (AP)
Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been remanded in custody accused of a sex attack on a US hotel maid (AP)

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.

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