NY Police Question IMF Head Strauss-Kahn In Hotel Sex Assault

NEW YORK (AP) — The leader of the International Monetary Fund and a possible candidate for president of France was pulled from an airplane moments before he was to fly to Paris and was being questioned Saturday by police in connection with the sexual assault of a hotel maid, police said.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn was taken off the Air France flight at John F. Kennedy International Airport by officers from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and turned over to police Saturday afternoon, said Paul J. Browne, New York Police Department spokesman.

He was being questioned by the NYPD special victims office. No charges have yet been filed.

The 32-year-old woman told authorities that she entered Strauss-Kahn’s room at the Sofitel near Manhattan’s Times Square at about 1 p.m. Saturday and he emerged from the bedroom naked, threw her down and tried to sexually assault her, Browne said. She somehow broke free and escaped the room and told hotel staff what had happened, authorities said. They called police.

When New York City police detectives arrived moments later, Strauss-Kahn had already left the hotel, leaving behind his cellphone and other personal items, Browne said. “It looked like he got out of there in a hurry,” Browne said.

The NYPD discovered he was at the airport and contacted the Port Authority, who plucked Kahn from first class on the Air France flight that had not yet departed.

The maid was taken by police to an area hospital. John Sheehan, a spokesman for the hotel, said its staff was cooperating with the authorities in the investigation.

William Murray, a spokesman for the IMF in Washington, said the IMF had no immediate comment on the reports of Strauss-Kahn’s arrest. Strauss-Kahn’s offices in Paris couldn’t be reached when the news broke overnight in France, nor could French Socialist Party officials.

Strauss-Kahn was briefly investigated in 2008 over whether he had an improper relationship with a subordinate female employee. The IMF board found his actions “regrettable” and said they “reflected a serious error of judgment.” The board found that the relationship was consensual.

The 62-year-old Strauss-Kahn, rejected by the French Socialists as their presidential candidate in 2006, gained international recognition as France’s finance minister in 1997-99.

Strauss-Kahn is not a formally declared candidate for the French presidency but has topped polls for months as potential presidential contender. The arrest comes as a grave blow to what were widely believed to be his ambitions to run against French President Nicolas Sarkozy in the 2012 election.

Strauss-Kahn was meant to be meeting in Berlin on Sunday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel about aid to debt-laden Greece, and then join EU finance ministers in Brussels on Monday and Tuesday. The IMF is responsible for one-third of Greece’s existing loan package, and his expected presence at these meetings underlined the gravity of the Greek crisis.

The incident comes amid French media reports about Strauss-Kahn’s lifestyle, including luxury cars and suits, that some have dubbed a smear campaign.

He is credited with preparing France for the adoption of the euro by taming its deficit and persuading then-Prime Minister Lionel Jospin to sign up to an EU pact of fiscal prudence.

A former economics professor, Strauss-Kahn joined the Socialist party in 1976 and was elected to parliament in 1986 from the Val-d’Oise district, north of Paris. He went on to become mayor of Sarcelles, a working-class immigrant suburb of Paris.

His first government post was industry minister under former President Francois Mitterrand. As finance minister, he reduced France’s debt repayments through a raft of privatizations including the sale of shares in France Telecom SA and Air France.

Strauss-Kahn is a married father of four. His third wife, Anne Sinclair, is a New York-born journalist who hosted a popular weekly news broadcast in France in the 1980s.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  1. Baba Ramo says:

    How could any man, married to the gorgeous Anne Sincvlair, do this? DSK is such a brilliant man. And, oh, he is probably sick.

    1. Andrew Stergiou says:

      take your tongue out of Sarkozy and Le Pen’s cheek and say something real like

      Where was the security detail protecting Mr. Strauss Kahn?
      You don’t mean he was never protective surveillance in a crime terrorist over run city like New York?

  2. overcharge says:

    like yo know the immigration status of the accuser. its the new fastest way way to citizenship to be victim of crime in Manhattan

    1. Andrew Stergiou says:

      Average citizens do not get police involvement and protection that fast and the police rarely address issues like that, do you mean they arrest people on these charges without corroboration of any sort?

  3. SCHECKEL MEISTER says:

    Please post the following on your next reality report?
    Posted by sigmetron about 2 minutes ago, 1 view, 0 pictures, Tag: # #reality report
    0 Comments, 0 Participants
    Have you seen the news this morning about the head of the IMF raping a hotel maid in NYC? The leader of the International Monetary Fund and a possible candidate for president of France was pulled from an airplane moments before he was to fly to Paris and was being questioned Saturday by police in connection with the sexual assault of a hotel maid, police said.

    Dominique Strauss-Kahn was taken off the Air France flight at John F. Kennedy International Airport by officers from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and turned over to police Saturday afternoon, said Paul J. Browne, New York Police Department spokesman.

    He was being questioned by the NYPD special victims office. No charges have yet been filed.

    The 32-year-old woman told authorities that she entered Strauss-Kahn’s room at the Sofitel near Manhattan’s Times Square at about 1 p.m. Saturday and he emerged from the bedroom naked, threw her down and tried to sexually assault her, Browne said. She somehow broke free and escaped the room and told hotel staff what had happened, authorities said. They called police. In fact this individual has an apparent history of forcing himself on woman in the past, and this same disgusting assault is performed on a global basis to the worlds finances.
    As to The Fractional Reserve Banking System, it is the IMF (International Monetary Fund), which controls the monetary policies of our Federal Reserve Bank, in which it is not Federal , it is a PRIVATE BANK, and there are no Reserves.
    With this snapshot of a rapist in mind, may it serve as to be a wake up call for Americans, yes, and Europeans, that nations should return to their respective treasuries to regulate monetary policy, rather than putting it in the hands of RAPISTS, who are literally financially RAPING the economic structures of IMF controlled Central Banking Nations, Including Ben Bernake’s FEDERAL RESERVE BANK!!

    Wake up America.

    END THE FED
    Ron Paul for President 2012

    1. Andrew Stergiou says:

      Arrest Ron Paul and his supporters for for rape.

      1. Andrew Stergiou says:

        Don’t forget the quotation marks and use of raw sarcasm of pain and humor as things are going so bad I think the American legal system will charge American citizens and non-citizens alike for flying without the use of a mechanical device when ever they think. Dreaming when we sleep could be BRAVE NEW WORLD that the police state can expand into and employ millions in, without justifying as to how they do what they do.

        and I thought those liberals Johnson and Nixon were comparatively bad, boy was I wrong!

  4. peter virnen says:

    In the land of opportunities the maid suddently saw her chances to turn the add-tip-to hotel-bill income to millions. When can we see the movie IMF-KING KANG AND THE MAID, starring R.Gere as Kahn and Julia R. as pretty 34-year old maid?
    One is sure, nor Sofitel Hotel or other classy hotels are safe to famous people, any time can somebody of staff members enter your room and see you naked. Its allways better to stay in your companys guest rooms.
    On the other hand , its possible that the French presidential campagn has started and Mr. Kahn will trough this incident gain a hugh popularity in France.

  5. Barry Levine says:

    The maid must have been sending signals to this guy and when he responded with ” You do look good enough to bang” she jacked up the price for her service. At that point he started out doing what she suggested they do but she wanted the higher price and he most likely said, “Hey baby, a deal is a deal so get you drawers off and lets go”.

    The guy is innocent and the maid should go to jail for filing a false report!!!!

    1. Al says:

      Some idiot you are, just like the Kann artist. Oops, he did it again. Wifi’s gonna take him to the cleaners. He needs a good wash anyway.

    2. Damian says:

      And how the bleeping blan kwould you know this? you are an idiot!

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