Reporting John Montone
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been granted $1 million bail after being accused of a sexual attack on a hotel maid in New York City.
After just one more night at Rikers Island, Strauss-Kahn will head to a posh Manhattan apartment being rented by his wife, Anne Sinclair.
The judge set bail at $1 million and approved an arrangement in which the 62-year-old French politician would be confined to the residence outfitted with video cameras. He will also have to take out a $5 million insurance bond.
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A professional armed monitor or two, would be on scene around the clock. Strauss-Kahn must also wear an ankle bracelet and security would physically restrain him if he tried to leave, CBS 2′s Tony Aiello reported.
The decision to grant bail came after Strauss-Kahn’s lawyer presented a well laid out plan convincing the judge his client would not and could not flee New York.
William Taylor, Strauss-Kahn’s Defense Attorney, said his client’s only interest at the moment is to “clear his name.”
“The idea that he would attempt to live the rest of his life as an accused sex offender in France as a fugitive is ridiculous,” Taylor said.
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However, prosecutors fired back saying that Strauss-Kahn has shown a “propensity for impulsive criminal conduct.”
“He has the personal, the political and the financial means to flee and evade law enforcement,” said Assistant District Attorney, Artie McConnell.
Strauss-Kahn’s wife — heiress to a vast fortune — left court Thursday without comment, but the terms of the bail will set her back $200,000 a month. She has already fronted the $1 million for his release and rented an undisclosed luxury apartment for his comfort, CBS 2′s Derricke Dennis reported.
Earlier Thursday, Strauss-Kahn was indicted by a grand jury on nine charges – six felonies and three misdemeanors. The specific charges have not been disclosed.
Strauss-Khan arrived for his hearing at Manhattan Criminal Court as scores of reporters from around the world lined up outside the courtroom and courthouse.
His wife and daughter were also there, walking past the media without saying a word.
The head of the International Monetary Fund stepped down from his post overnight amid the sex assault scandal which could land him in prison for 25 years.
“I want to protect this institution which I have served with honor and devotion, and especially — especially — I want to devote all my strength, all my time, and all my energy to proving my innocence,” Strauss-Khan said in his resignation.
“Mr. Strauss-Kahn is a loving husband and father, and a highly regarded international diplomat, lawyer, politician, economist, and professor, with no prior criminal record,” said defense attorney Shawn P. Naunton.
The 62-year-old is accused of sexually assaulting a housekeeper over the weekend while staying at the Sofitel Hotel in Midtown.
His accuser met with a grand jury Wednesday, who also heard testimony from her co-workers and from medical personnel who examined her at St. Luke’s Hospital.
“Detectives investigating the case found the complaint to be credible,” said NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly. Investigators were now analyzing DNA samples reportedly cut from the hotel room carpet.
As they piece their case together, friends and supporters of the alleged victim were shooting down the notion that the sex may have been consensual.
“There was nothing about any aspect of this encounter between this woman and the defendant that was remotely consensual,” said Jeffrey Shapiro, the woman’s attorney.
If convicted, the charges could send Strauss-Kahn back to prison — this time not for a few days, but for 25 years.
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