Strauss-Kahn To Resign IMF Post, May Get $1 Million Bail

Electronic Monitoring Likely To Be Required While In NYC

Updated at 12:46 a.m., May 19, 2011

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the head of the International Monetary Fund who was arrested in New York City for alleged sexual assault, has a court hearing scheduled for Thursday morning to seek his release on bail.

A court administrator says the hearing concerns a special application on behalf of Strauss-Kahn.  Citing a source, CBS 2’s Tony Aiello reported that the International Monetary Fund chief could be out of prison by Thursday by posting $1 million bail and subjecting himself to electronic monitoring while remaining in the Big Apple.

Late Wednesday night the IMF said its embattled managing director intends to resign, effective immediately.

The IMF’s executive board released a letter from the French executive in which he denied the allegations lodged against him but said that with “great sadness” he felt compelled to resign. He said he was thinking of his family and that he wanted to protect the IMF.

A judge had held Strauss-Kahn without bail on Monday. He has been charged with attempted rape, sex abuse, a criminal sex act, unlawful imprisonment and forcible touching, punishable by five to 25 years in prison.

Click here to read the criminal complaint against Strauss-Kahn.

Strauss-Kahn is accused of trying to rape a housekeeper at a Midtown luxury hotel. The 32-year-old single mother from West Africa says Strauss-Kahn sexually assaulted her when she entered what she thought was an empty penthouse suite at the Sofitel Hotel.

The French politician has been placed on a suicide watch while being held in at Rikers Island.  That includes having to wear shoes without laces, a jumpsuit instead of drawstring pants and being placed under increased observation.

“When you come into the system, you are evaluated by doctors, psychologists and they deem it necessary to put a suicide watch on him,” explained Norman Seabrook, president of the New York City Corrections Officers Benevolent Association. “So he’s watched and monitored 24-hours a day.”

Seabrook, who is also a corrections officer at Rikers Island where Strauss-Kahn is being held, says the IMF chief is being treated just like other inmate.

Meanwhile, grand jurors were meeting at Manhattan Criminal Court Wednesday considering indictments against Strauss-Kahn.  The 23 grand jurors were expected to hear from all available witnesses, including the alleged victim herself, her co-workers, security officers from the hotel and the medical personnel who examined her at St. Luke’s Hospital.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said authorities were still working the case.

“Detectives investigating this case found the complainant to be credible,” Kelly said.

Two law enforcement officials told the Associated Press on condition of anonymity that investigators were using a piece of hotel room carpet to create a forensic trail in the case.

The officials say the carpet was cut from a place where the maid says she spit after being forced to have oral sex with Strauss-Kahn.

Investigators believe the carpet may contain the financial leader’s semen, which would be crucial forensic evidence that would back up the charges.

Since his arrest, reports began to develop that the accuser was HIV positive, the Post reported earlier this week that she lived in a Bronx apartment exclusively for adults with HIV or AIDS.

But her attorney Jeffrey Shapiro said Wednesday that she was only subletting that apartment and does not have HIV.

“She feels like she can’t go home, feels like she’s been excised from her life, doesn’t know what her future will bring and doesn’t know how she can ever resume a life, much less how to deal with having been assaulted and raped,” Shapiro said.

The defense has also floated a theory that any sex was consensual, something flatly rejected by Shapiro.

‘There was nothing about any aspect of this encounter between this young woman and the defendant which was remotely consensual,” he said.

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  • Bob T

    We have a dual system of justice in the USA, one for the rich and well-connected — and one for everyone else. Whenever I hear a politician talk about how we’re the most free, most just nation on the face of the Earth, I can’t help but wonder if the pol ever visited the Scandinavian countries. We’re sinking fast. We have precious few decent leaders and no clear vision to guide us as a people. How is it we support al Qaeda in Libya after al Qaeda has killed thousands of our service people? How is it we say we’re fighting a war on terror and a war on drugs while allowing the border with Mexico to leak like a seive? How is it we go to war without Congressional approval and almost nobody cares? How is it we allow ourselves to be groped and irradiated at airports in the name of keeping us safe from terrorists when they can walk across our southern border whenever they wish?

  • Crocodile Dundee

    Howdy. I’m at JFK Airport. Can someone give me directions to
    that hotel? Do they have bed bugs there?

  • George

    If he skips bail or attempts to the money should go to the women. If a average US citizen was caught attempting to leave the country after something like this they would not get bail. Keep the “frog” in jail till convicted or not. Lord B.O. sure won’t do anything if he gets to France as it is 30% Islamic and he could not ruffel their feathers

  • Morris Wise

    The dangers of being framed by the charge of rape is magnified in the DSK case. Rape laws have to be changed to be more supportive of reality, it is far better that two rapists go free than one innocent man get sent to prison for a crime he did not do.

  • Eloy A. Role

    The Criminal Complaint undoubtedly has lynched Dominique Strauss-Khan.
    The dangling questions are:
    What was the chambermaid doing inside Mr. Khan’s at the time of the assault?
    The accusations are in on direction from the chambermaid to Mr. Khan.
    Was at any Mr. Khan addressed by the chambermaid inside or outside the room?
    If so, What was the content of the conversation?
    Does the hotel video surveillance show Mr. Khan and the chambermaid together?
    Is so, Where? How many times?
    None of those questions have ever appeared in the Mr.Khan lynching by the media.
    It appears to be this is a set up to get rid of Mr. Khan in the French Elections.
    The Prosecution here has a big job in front of it.
    Mr. Brafman would easily defend this case. It is not a big job for this ATTORNEY with capital letters.

  • Thischumprules

    $1 million. Hey, that’s chump change for this dude. I bet this severance package (probably $25 million) will knock you nuttts off.

  • celador2

    Innocent until proven guilty. this man may have been next president of Frasnce and stopped the aggressive bombing in ME. He might have been friendly to poor nations in Euro Zone.

    MIC and enemies have much to gain with him out. But in all honesty, it looks like he has no one but himself to blame.

  • Bud Wiser

    What’s a Million Dollars to him? As Don Imus said before the Jews fired him; “Another thieving Jew”. He’ll be on a plane to Israel shortly.

  • Sandra

    Remember Roman Polanski’s rape of a 14 year old, his flight from justice and France’s protection of the pervert? If the French have shown anything over the years, it is that they approve of protecting powerful French men from the consequences of rape. The U.S, MUST keep this man in jail until his trial, if for no reason other than that he is a powerful Frenchman and therefore cannot be trusted to face his accuser. His reported statement that if he runs for the presidency of France someone might “pay a woman a million Euros to say he raped her” is all the proof I need that he is probably guilty. Who would say such a thing but a rapist with bones in his closet?

    • Jessica

      Bang on, Sandra. I read that 60% of France thinks he was set up – and this despite the French press admitting it knew he was a predator but protected him. DO NOT LET THIS GUY OUT. If he’s innocent, he’ll be found not guilty and then he can go home. That the U.S. cannot release him is the faulk of the French justice system and no one else.

    • MST

      Well, I think we should wait until all the facts are in, but I agree with most of your post.

  • rovid

    she is in connection with gay community ,this is the chance of her life to make it big..,whos helping her ?maybe the head of some big money roller ..thugs?!!If enough money are in the game bruises are not hard to get and a rich man like that can hire a good prostitute anytime he wants to ,why force somebody? is’nt that the work of a poor judgement person with no other way of getting sex but by force ,?? it is possible that this is true but it may be a setup also ,maybe they did not agree on the price and she cut the deal short ..

    • MST

      Uh, well, what do gay people have to do with this, at all?

  • MST

    To all of you saying this is a conspiracy: the international media is all over this case. Any conspiracy or set-up would have to be pretty widespread. Don’t you think that some journalist would have come up with something by now?

    We’re all innocent until proven guilty, but this guy has a history of sexual violence towards women. I am inclined to believe that the maid is telling the truth, but I could be wrong. Time will tell.

  • TJ

    This guy is already convicted without a trial…why have one? Where is all the evidence? How does a 62 year old man force a 32 year old woman to give oral sex with no weapon? She has no other motives? They are already talking about a civil suit? How she became a legal citizen is questionable? A lot of unanswered suspicions, possible motives and questions.

    • MST

      Perhaps he threatened her with physical violence.

      Where did you hear that there is already talk of a civil suit? Her lawyer specialized in PI, but doesn’t mean that he is pursuing one.

      I believe that she is here on a temporary visa. What is suspicious about that?

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