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Wednesday
Jun012011

Egyptian Banker Charged with Sexually Abusing Maid Arraigned

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Mahmoud Abdel Salam Omar, the Egyptian former bank chairman who was arrested at a New York hotel earlier this week for allegedly sexually abusing a maid, was arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court Tuesday night.

The judge presiding over the arraignment set Omar's bail at $50,000 bond or $25,000 cash.  The 74-year-old was also ordered to surrender all of his travel documents.

The case was adjourned until June 3, allowing Omar time to hire a private lawyer.  He was represented by an attorney from Legal Aid Services at his arraignment.

Omar was arrested Monday morning at Pierre Hotel on charges of sexual abuse, unlawful imprisonment, forcible touching and harassment.

According to sources, the executive was clad in pajamas when he answered the door to let the 44-year-old maid into his room.  Sources told ABC News that when the maid arrived, Omar asked her to leave the tissues he had requested on a table inside his room.  Once she was in the room, he allegedly closed the door and locked it.

Omar then allegedly grabbed the maid, kissed her and fondled her breasts and buttocks.  She fought him off and, according to sources, told him she wasn't there for that.  He then grabbed her again.  This time, sources say, he rubbed up against her and she again resisted him.  He then asked for her phone number.  She gave him a false number, and he let her out of the room.

Omar now heads El-Mex Salines Co., a solar salt producer in Egypt.  He had been chairman of the Bank of Alexandria, sources said.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
May312011

High-Profile Sexual Assault Cases Shed Light on Vulnerable Housekeepers

(Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- After alleged sexual assaults by two high-profile international businessmen in New York City in the last couple weeks, many are saying it is time to give more protection to hotel workers, especially vulnerable housekeepers.

"These working women are afraid if they complain about a guest they won't be heard, they will be ingnored, they will be shamed," Lorena Lopez, a spokeswoman for the Housekeeper Equality Initiative, told ABC News.

Former head of the International Monetary Fund Dominique Strauss-Kahn is being held under house arrest in Manhattan after a grand jury indicted him on seven charges relating to an alleged sexual assault on a hotel maid at the Sofitel in midtown Manhattan on May 14.

Mahmoud Abdel Salam Omar, 74, a prominent former Egyptian bank chairman, was accused Sunday of allegedly sexually assaulting a housekeeper at the posh Pierre hotel in New York City.

Sources say on Sunday at 6 p.m., Omar called to have tissues delivered to his $1,000-a-night suite. A 44-year-old hotel maid alleges that when she arrived at the room, Omar, wearing pajamas, asked her to leave the tissues on a table. He then allegedly locked the door and tried to kiss and grope her.

The maid said she told Omar, "I am not here for that," at which point he allegedly stopped and asked her for her phone number. After slipping him false digits, the maid said she was able to get away, and immediately reported the incident to supervisors.

Omar was arrested on charges of sexual assault and unlawful imprisonment.

Hotel union officials insist requests of sex, sex for money and even outright assaults can all go underreported because housekeepers, who often come from immigrant backgrounds, are scared to lose their jobs.

"They're put in a very difficult situation," Lopez said. "If they speak out, their job might be on the line -- the guest is always right. They're afraid to speak out and complain to management because they know they might be disciplined and might be found guilty."

Hotels also don't always act promptly to address complaints of sexual assault, she said. In the case of the maid allegedly attacked by Omar, the superintendant to whom she reported the incident only noted it in a log book. It was only after another supervisor saw the entry the next day that police were contacted.

Union officials say hotels should make sure housekeepers work with another person in close proximity, doors are left open during cleaning and maids have the option of wearing long pants instead of dresses.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
May312011

Egyptian Banker Arrested on Sex Crime Allegation by Maid at NY Hotel

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A prominent, 74-year-old Egyptian former bank chairman, Mahmoud Abdel Salam Omar, was arrested at New York's Pierre Hotel Monday morning in connection with an alleged sex assault Sunday on a 44-year-old room maid.

The attack allegedly took place when the woman delivered tissues Omar requested to his room.

The incident recalled allegations against another international finance official at a New York City hotel earlier this month.  On May 14, a maid at the Sofitel Hotel claimed former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn sexually assaulted her in his Manhattan hotel suite.  Strauss-Kahn is under house arrest in New York as his case proceeds.

Omar was arrested on charges of sexual abuse, unlawful imprisonment, forcible touching and harassment.

According to sources, the executive was clad in pajamas when he answered the door to let the maid in.  He then allegedly groped her breasts and tried to kiss her before she fled.

Sources told ABC News that when the maid arrived, he asked her to leave the tissues on a table inside his room.  Once she was in the room, he allegedly closed the door and locked it.

Omar then allegedly grabbed the maid, kissed her and fondled her breasts and buttocks.  She fought him off and, according to sources, told him she wasn't there for that.  He then grabbed her again.  This time, sources say, he rubbed up against her and she again resisted him.  He then asked for her phone number.  She gave him a false number, and he let her out of the room.

"Experienced NYPD detectives found the complainant to be credible," said New York Deputy Police Commissioner for Public Information Paul Browne, who promised "further details" upon Omar's arraignment.

Omar now heads El-Mex Salines Co., a solar salt producer in Egypt.  He had been chairman of the Bank of Alexandria, sources said.

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