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Dominique-Strauss Kahn's Wife Uses Family Fortune to Fight His Sex Assault Charges

Shannon Stapleton-Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Anne Sinclair, the wife of former International Monetary Fund head Dominique Strauss-Kahn, is using her millions to help her husband fight sexual assault charges.

Sinclair, 62, was spotted leaving the luxury high-rise in lower Manhattan where Strauss-Kahn is temporarily living during his house arrest. Sinclair is arranging for the couple to transfer to a new luxury apartment.

Since Strauss-Kahn's arrest on May 14 for allegedly sexually assaulting a maid at the Sofitel hotel, Sinclair has defended her husband.

Sinclair was a prominent television journalist in France when she married Strauss-Kahn in 1991. It was his third marriage and her second. Sinclair retreated from her career and became a driving force behind Strauss-Kahn's political ambitions. She used her considerable family fortune to finance his political career.

Sinclair's grandfather amassed a fortune representing artists like Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. Now Sinclair is using that same family fortune for her husband's court battle and house arrest.

Already, Sinclair has put up a $1 million cash bail and posted her husband's $5 million insurance bond on Friday when he was released from Riker's Island. She's rented a temporary $4,400 a month apartment near Wall Street and will pay for her Strauss-Kahn's $200,000 round-the-clock security for the duration of his trial.

Strauss-Kahn's attorney, Benjamin Brafman, told Israeli newspaper Haaretz on Sunday that his client will "plead not guilty and in the end, he'll be acquitted."

New York police have spent the past week poring over 48 hours of surveillance footage and interviewing hundreds of Sofitel employees. Strauss-Kahn's next court appearance is set for June 6.

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