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Tuesday
May172011

Dominique Strauss-Kahn's Alleged Victim Inconsolable After Attack, Says Brother

Harold Cunningham/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Manhattan hotel chambermaid allegedly sodomized by IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is still reeling from the attack, crying inconsolably three days after the French politician allegedly assaulted her, her brother said.

"She was still crying today," her brother told ABC News. "She was completely devastated. I was the first person she called."

The woman, a housekeeper at New York City's tony Sofitel Hotel, called her brother from the emergency room at St. Luke's Hospital where she was examined by doctors and questioned by NYPD detectives Saturday night, following the alleged attack.

"She called me and said: 'Something really bad happened,'" he said.

He described his sister, an immigrant from West Africa and the mother of a 9-year-old girl, as a "good Muslim" and "not the kind of woman to attack a man."

"She didn't understand why he did such a thing," he said.

She is being held at a safe but undisclosed location, he said.

ABC News does not identify the alleged victims of sexual assault.

Strauss-Kahn, 62, is accused of forcing the housekeeper to perform oral sex and submit to anal sex after he emerged naked from his suite's bathroom. The married father of four is accused of sexual assault and attempted rape.

Days ago considered a potential frontrunner in a French presidential election, Strauss-Kahn is being held without bail in a jail cell on New York's notorious Riker's Island.

Strauss-Kahn was arrested Saturday, hauled out of the first-class cabin on an Air France jet moments before taking off from Kennedy Airport.

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Tuesday
May172011

IMF Chief's Arrest Leaves French Angry, Dismayed and Defensive

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The French have reacted with a range of emotions to sexual assault allegations against International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, some shocked by the charges and others angered by his treatment at the hands of U.S. law enforcement.

"[The U.S. has] an accusatory system," French justice minister Elisabeth Guigou said on France Info radio.  "We have a system that takes perhaps a little more time but which is, despite everything, more protective of individual rights."

Strauss-Kahn has been accused of the attempted rape of a maid in a $3,000-a-night New York hotel suite.  He will remain in jail until his hearing on Friday after a New York City judge deemed him a flight risk.

His attorneys have denied the seven counts against him, which included allegedly forcing the housekeeper to perform oral sex, and allegedly forcing her to submit to anal sex after allegedly taking her prisoner inside the luxury suite.

Some of Strauss-Kahn's allies in France have come to his defense.  His rush to leave the French-owned Sofitel hotel in midtown Manhattan was no attempt to flee the alleged crime scene but to honor previous plans to lunch with his daughter, according to comments in the New York Times attributed to Socialist politician Jean-Christophe Cambadélis Monday.

Others have expressed dismay at the widely seen photos of the handcuffed Strauss-Kahn being escorted by police.  It is illegal in France for the media to show images of a person accused of a crime before conviction, so the imagery of the IMF chief handcuffed gracing the covers of French newspapers has alarmed many there.

Meanwhile, the accusations alone against the once-likely presidential candidate -- a frontrunner, no less -- have been enough to rattle the country.

"A lot of politicians are known to have affairs and it doesn't scandalize people," ABC News correspondent Jeffrey Kofman told ABC News Radio Tuesday. "But this is something entirely different.  A sexual assault, a rape goes way beyond that and people are very upset.  They're quite horrified by that, by the prospect of this, these accusations being true.  And it takes it to another dimension."

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Tuesday
May172011

French Journalist Alleges IMF Head Attacked Her in 2002

Brian Harkin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who is currently being held in a New York City jail on sexual assault charges, allegedly attempted a similar assault on a 22-year-old French journalist in 2002.

The head of the International Monetary Fund was removed from an Air France flight just before it departed New York Saturday night and charged with the attempted rape of a maid at the Sofitel hotel in Manhattan.  On Monday, a New York City judge denied him bail after prosecutors argued they were investigating reports that Strauss-Kahn had "engaged in similar conduct at least once before."

French journalist Tristane Banon has accused Strauss-Kahn, a prominent French politician who was considered a potential candidate for president in next spring's elections, of attempting to assault her when she interviewed him nearly 10 years ago.

Banon recounted her harrowing experience with Strauss-Kahn as part of a French television show 93, Faubourg Saint-Honoré, that aired on the French cable TV channel Paris Première in February 2007.

"It ended up violent... I kicked him several times, he unbuttoned my bra...and tried to unzip my jeans," Banon said on the show.

Banon recounted the story of the 2002 alleged attack while filmed sitting at a dinner table with guests, each one telling of his or her bad experience with a politician.  Strauss-Kahn's name is covered up by a beep on the show, but Banon has subsequently confirmed she was talking about Strauss-Kahn.

At the time of the alleged attack, Banon had arranged to meet with Strauss-Kahn to interview him for her first book, Admitted Mistakes, in which she queried politicians about the greatest error of their careers.

Banon said in the clip that Strauss-Kahn told her to meet him at an address that turned out to be an apartment that was empty except for a bed and a video camera.  Banon said she was "surprised" when told to meet him there since she knew where he lived and worked.

Once inside, Banon said, Strauss-Kahn insisted that she conduct the interview "holding his hand."

Banon said that the hand-holding turned into sexual advances and that Strauss-Kahn became violent.  They fought on the floor of the apartment.  "When we were fighting, I used the word 'rape' to scare him," said Banon, which she said did not stop Strauss-Kahn.  Ultimately, she fought him off and left.

Banon claimed that after the alleged assault, Strauss-Kahn continued to send her text messages asking her if she was "scared."  On the show, Banon also said, "No young girl wants to work for him anymore at the National Assembly."  She added that she told her story to a well-known lawyer whom she said had a huge file on Strauss-Kahn.

Banon's mother, Anne Mansouret, a Socialist Party official, said in recent interviews that the event was extremely traumatizing for her daughter.

"She fell into a depression [following the attack]," Mansouret told France's Channel 3 News Monday.  Mansouret said her daughter's life was strongly affected by the attack, and that she was afraid that the incident would define her career as a journalist.

Banon did not file charges at the time, but her lawyer David Koubbi reportedly says that she is now seriously considering it, and that she held back in the past because her mother counseled her against it.

Koubbi told RTL Radio Monday he is likely to file suit for Banon now because "she knows she'll be heard and she knows she'll be taken seriously."

Mansouret told French reporters that she was concerned at the time that the incident would have negative repercussions on Strauss-Kahn's family, and that she had viewed Strauss-Kahn as a "nice man."  She now says she regrets counseling her daughter against filing the charges.

Strauss-Kahn, 62, has denied the charges of sexual assault in New York and will plead not guilty, his attorney, Benjamin Brafman, said.

Before last weekend's scandal, Strauss-Kahn was considered a front-runner for the French presidency.  A leader of the Socialist political party, a former cabinet minister and member of the French National Assembly, Strauss-Kahn had recently outpolled incumbent President Nicolas Sarkozy.  Though his term as IMF chief, which began in 2007, would not be over until 2012, he was expected to leave in order to focus on the presidential race.  The election, which involves two rounds of voting, is scheduled for April and May 2012.

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Monday
May162011

IMF Chief Denied Bail, Sent Back to Jail on Sex Charges

Harold Cunningham/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A New York City judge denied bail to International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn on Monday before sending him to jail until Friday, calling him a flight risk despite arguments to the contrary by his high-powered defense team.

His attorneys had denied the seven counts against him, which included allegedly forcing a housekeeper at the Sofitel Hotel to perform oral sex, and allegedly forcing her to submit to anal sex after allegedly taking her prisoner inside a $3,000 a night luxury suite.

All told, he has been charged with two counts of criminal sexual act in the first degree, one count of attempted rape, sexual abuse in the first degree, unlawful imprisonment, sexual abuse in the third degree and forcible touching. The complaint charges that he forcibly touched the housekeeper's breasts, attempted to pull off her panty hose, twice "forcibly made contact with his penis and the informant's mouth" and that "the defendant engaged in oral sexual conduct and anal sexual conduct with another person by forcible compulsion."

The office of District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. asked that Strauss-Kahn be remanded to jail, a course of action that took shape in the hours after Strauss-Kahn's arrest Saturday as the prosecutor's office wrestled with how to balance the rights of the accused with the facts of the case, and his potential to flee their jurisdiction.

"This guy has every reason to run, and the law may even help him hide from this situation," one investigator said. He has personal, political and financial resources to evade capture, the DA's office said in open court. He is, an assistant district attorney said, an "incurable" flight risk.

The international money man was already aboard a plane scheduled to depart for Paris when police caught up with him Saturday, moments before the door to Air France Flight 23 was to be closed. He was sitting calmly, reading a magazine when Port Authority Police approached him to take him from the plane, officials said.

Strauss-Kahn, until this weekend, oversaw the International Monetary Fund, a body established to keep the global monetary system stable, with the ability to lend hundreds of billions of dollars.

He was considered a legitimate contender for the French presidency in an upcoming election, and his arrest has reportedly sparked "shock and disbelief" in France.

He will be placed in a protected unit inside the city jail at Rikers Island, according to city Department of Corrections officials.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Monday
May162011

France: IMF Chief's Presidential Election Chances Called Into Question

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(PARIS) -- The weekend arrest of International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn for alleged sex assault in New York City has his right-wing political opponents calling for blood in France where he was -- until his arrest -- the likely presidential frontrunner. The arrest has not only tarnished Strauss-Kahn's home country's image abroad, but potentially destroyed his own political viability.

The Frenchman has been charged with two counts of criminal sexual act in the first degree, one count of attempted rape, sexual abuse in the first degree, unlawful imprisonment, sexual abuse in the third degree and forcible touching.

Strauss-Kahn is a leading member of the Socialist Party of France, the main left-wing political opposition to French President Nicolas Sarkozy's center-right UMP party. The length of the United States justice process might preclude Strauss-Kahn from starting a political campaign in time for the Socialist Party primaries.

"He was at the head of the 2012 presidential field," Pascal Virot, the head of domestic political news for the French newspaper Libération, told ABC News, translated from French. "He was currently the clear winner in a Socialist Party primary campaign, and the only Socialist who had a chance to beat Sarkozy, according to recent polls."

Although he has yet to commit to run in the next French presidential elections in November 2012, an April poll of likely French voters by Paris Match-Europe 1 had him leading current president Nicolas Sarkozy by 7 percentage points in a run-off election.

That the alleged assault happened in the United States, a constant punching bag in the French media, has magnified the feeling of embarrassment for many French people.

"No one here thinks he can run for the French presidency anymore," Paris resident Virginie Hammel, 32, told ABC News, translated from French.

Strauss-Kahn told Liberation a few weeks ago that he could see himself being set up for a "honey trap" to tarnish his reputation ahead of the election in 2012. He said his opponents would attack his "money, women and Jewishness," in that order. He said at the time that his biggest challenge was fighting the public perception that he is a womanizer.

Strauss-Kahn is a father of four and is married to his third wife, American-born French television journalist Anne Sinclair.

A New York City judge denied bail to Strauss-Kahn on Monday before sending him to jail until Friday, calling him a flight risk despite arguments to the contrary by his high-powered defense team.

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Monday
May162011

IMF Chief Picked Out of Lineup by Maid; Arraignment Postponed

Brian Harkin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The hotel maid who accused the head of the International Monetary Fund of trying to rape her in his hotel suite picked him out of a lineup Sunday, police sources told ABC News.

IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, a man considered a likely French presidential candidate, was taken into custody at a New York airport Saturday after the hotel maid told police he tried to sexually assault her.

Police say at 1 p.m., a hotel housekeeper entered room 2806 at Sofitel in Manhattan -- a luxury $3,000-per-night, multi-room suite -- when Strauss-Kahn allegedly walked out of his bathroom naked and forced himself on the 32-year-old woman.

As she was in the foyer, "he came out of the bathroom, fully naked, and attempted to sexually assault her," NYPD Deputy Police Commissioner for Public Information Paul Browne said.

According to her account, Browne said, Strauss-Kahn grabbed her "and pulls her into the bedroom and onto the bed."  He locked the door to the suite, Browne said.

"She fights him off, and he then drags her down the hallway to the bathroom, where he sexually assaults her a second time," Browne added.

Strauss-Kahn, 62, was taken into custody at around 4:30 p.m. Saturday as he was sitting in the first-class section of a Paris-bound Air France jet at John F. Kennedy International Airport, just as the doors were closing for takeoff.  He was sitting quietly in his seat when police entered the plane, apparently unconcerned, police sources said.

Detectives from the New York Police Department picked up the IMF president from Port Authority police and took him to midtown for questioning.  After nearly 10 hours in police custody, during which time he didn't speak a word to detectives, police said, he was formally arrested at 2:15 a.m. Sunday on charges of a criminal sex act, attempted rape and unlawful imprisonment.

Strauss-Kahn's lawyer denies the attempted rape and said his client would plead not guilty.

His arraignment was postponed until at least Monday morning while he underwent forensic tests to which he consented Sunday night.

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Sunday
May152011

IMF Head Accused of Sexually Assaulting Maid at NYC Hotel

Harold Cunningham/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and a man considered a likely French presidential candidate, was taken into custody by police on Saturday at a New York airport after a hotel maid said he sexually assaulted her.

Authorities said a maid at a midtown Manhattan hotel told police that Strauss-Kahn stepped out of the bathroom naked as she was cleaning the room and assaulted her.

Strauss-Kahn was taken into custody aboard an Air France jet at John F. Kennedy International Airport, just as the doors were closing to take off on a flight to Paris.

Detectives from the New York Police Department picked up the IMF president from Port Authority police and took him to east Harlem for questioning at the department’s Special Victims Unit.

Strauss-Kahn faces a charge of attempted rape.

NYPD officials notified Port Authority police of the allegations against Strauss-Kahn and asked that they "take him off the plane," Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne told ABC News.

Port Authority detectives did so moments before the flight's departure, Browne said.

Browne said the maid notified hotel managers of the alleged assault and the hotel contacted police, who arrived at about 1:30 pm.

"She reported the attack to hotel officials who called police," Browne said.

When police arrived they found Strauss-Kahn's cell phone, Browne said.

"It appeared he left in a hurry," he said.

Authorities said the hotel maid's account "is credible."

According to senior police officials Strauss-Kahn has no diplomatic immunity, despite his position with the IMF, which makes him technically an administrative official with the United Nations.

On Sunday the IMF issued a statement saying that it had no comment on the case and that “the IMF remains fully functioning and operational.”

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