IMF Chief Arrested for Sexual Assault

Dominique-Strauss-KahnInternational Monetary Fund managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn was arrested on Sunday at the John F Kennedy International Airport in connection with an alleged sexual offense committed against a hotel maid in New York City.

Strauss-Kahn, who is one of the leading contenders for the French presidency in April 2012, was removed from a Paris-bound Air France flight at around 2:15 a.m. while the plane was preparing to leave JFK. New York Police spokesman Paul Browne said the 62-year-old economist was charged with attempted rape, criminal sexual act, and unlawful imprisonment. Strauss-Kahn allegedly assaulted a 32-year-old made at the Sofitel luxury hotel in Times Square on Saturday. “She told detectives he came out of the bathroom naked, ran down a hallway to the foyer where she was, pulled her into a bedroom and began to sexually assault her, according to her account,” Browne told Reuters. One of Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers, Benjamin Brafman, said the chief of the IMF “will plead not guilty.”

Strauss-Kahn has been head of the IMF since November 2007 and is scheduled to end his term next year. Before becoming the IMF managing director, Strauss Kahn was France’s Minister for Economic, Finance, and Industry under Prime Minister Lionel Jospin from 1997 to 1999.