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IMF boss refused bail in sex case

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.


From Belfast Telegraph