Former IMF Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn Granted $1 Million Bail In Alleged Assault On Hotel Maid

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.

Prosecutors Said Strauss-Kahn Has A “Propensity For Compulsive Criminal Conduct.” 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria Reports.

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.

WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell With More On The Terms Of The Bail

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.

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Anne Sinclair, wife of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former manager of the International Monetary Fund, arrives with their daughter Camille Strauss-Kahn for his bail hearing at Manhattan Criminal Court, Thursday, May 19, 2011. (credit: Seth Wenig/AP)

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.

Should the judge have allowed Strauss-Kahn to get out on bail, monitored with an ankle monitor? Sound off in our comments section.

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  1. Andrea Galeano says:

    I feel terrible that the Justice
    System is treating thisgenlemen so hard. He does not deserve it. His is presumed innocent until proven guilty. So, why are the system treating him like the worst anymal. Many others had commited heinus crimes and they have not been treated like that. I’ m hoping this is not a set up by some one who knows him. Good Luck Mr. Dominque Strauss, have faith in our God!!!!!

  2. GREG says:

    SEE WHAT MONEY CAN DO FOR YOU.. LETS SEE HOW LONG IT TAKES THIS GUY TO FLEE THE UNITED STATES…… WHAT A CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM WE HAVE…

  3. IMPOSSIBLE MISSIONS FORCE IMF says:

    Mission Impossible, good morning Mr. Phelps, your IMF dhall free the head of the IMF…. wait ??

    Impossible Missions Force = International Monitary Fund
    (IMF = IMF) freaky

    the same fund that runs the Federal Reserve Bank.

    Ron Paul For President 2012

  4. Pierre says:

    The maid is Muslim and from Africa. What do you expect? Once she found out who he was she tried to blackmail and extort him.

    1. Bell Toller says:

      She got tired of cleaning toilets and saw a way to make big bucks…

  5. DR. MENGLE,GOT TWINS? says:

    SO IT LOOKS LIKE THIS FRENCH CRETIN IS GETTING OUT AND AWAY..IF TRUE JUSTICE WOULD BE SERVED..HE SHOULD BE LOCKED IN A ZOO WITH THE OTHER BABOONS..AND THAT FAT ENVELOPE FILLED WITH $$$..ON THE WOMAN JUDGES DESK..IS IT A PAPER WEIGHT?

  6. Morris Wise says:

    The villains that framed DSK were experts, and he was surely framed. The mountains of rigged evidence against DSK is impossible to overcome, his only exit is to beg for mercy from the sinister forces that framed him. Pleading guilty and not attempting to implicate those behind the set up hopefully will get his punishment greatly reduced.

  7. James says:

    Granting this serial molester bail was a mistake. I expect him to pull a Roman Polanski sequel. “Fasten your seat belts, we are in for a bumpy ride”.

    1. HOW MUCH DOES AN ARMED GUARD MAKE? says:

      He will payoff the guards to look the other way, including anyone watching the video monitors with MILLION$$$ of dollars, to look the other way, take a late night night ride to White Plains Airport, whereby a G5 jet will wisk him of to France.

  8. MOHAMED ISRINGAGNODIZZIAACTUL says:

    DOES THAT INCLUDE AIDS TREATMENT

    1. Arthur says:

      No it includes terrorist prevention treatment.

  9. pete says:

    He knew very well that he will get free, thanks to the perverts in his cycle, including our corrupt judges. Thats the way to do it, just exchange an honest judge with a corrupt one, and everything will be OK. Now, when he takes off, to never return, will that judge serve his sentence? That should have been one of the stipulations of his release. And what about that poor black girl, does she have a vote? This is a day of shame for the American Justice System!!. Who will be the next victim?

    1. Arthur says:

      It is truly sad that you do not understand the term BAIL or innocent until proven guilty. Because of people like you, we have innocent people serving unnecessary time!

      1. DanTe says:

        He’s a smelly frenchy. Fry him under the french system: Guilty until proven innocent.

    2. aster says:

      innocent untill proven guilty

  10. Karma-B says:

    So, it’s going to cost him $1 Million to get out and flee the country. Big Mistake. Everyone knows he will bolt. His own embassy will issue another passport and then he’s history. Pity the poor woman who was assaulted by this pig and will get no justice.

    1. Arthur says:

      I am surprised that in our country we have people who think this way. What makes you think that the head of thee IMF fund would run? Possibly because this is something you would do?

  11. thor's hammer says:

    and now the statue of justice sheds tears. house arrest for a madoff wannabe. for a “man of means” why not 5 million bail. “house arrest” in some swanky manhattan apartment. they should have besides the gps monitor, they should have done installed a microchip type device that administers a shock when he goes outside the apartment, and if he goes near public or private transport of any kind mega zap. what a lowlife. the victim is victimized again. hey judge, may your female relatives never have to endure the pain and fear the victim of the skel you let buy his way out to comfort must endure. the people must have justice! justice for the victim.

  12. yoyoyo says:

    If he was American, he’d be a tea bagger. LMFAO

  13. dskguilty says:

    This guy is guilty. All those people who blame the maid asking why didn’t she do more to prevent herself from being sexually assaulted need to spend time in a prison and lets see how you prevent yourself from getting sexually assaulted.
    This man has a history of sexual assaults. He’s a serial rapist in a powerful position which has allowed him to get away with it for so long.

  14. JH says:

    HEY SET UP…SHE WAS TOLD THE ROOM WAS EMPTY BY ONE OF THE EMPLOYEES…READ A PAPER ONCE IN AWHILE…

    1. uaremoron says:

      yep. the maid was setup to get sexually assaulted by this perverted serial pervert.
      use your brain once in awhile….

  15. JH says:

    IT’S THE FRENCH!!!!!

    1. Arthur says:

      All of a sudden religion has something to do with this? I can name you a multitude of innocent people that are serving time because of false and fabricated testimony.

  16. Gregory says:

    A million in bail seems too low for someone with Mr. Strauss-Kahn’s resources and facing 20 – 25 years in jail. This man is probably a flight risk and has political and social connections; $3 to $5 million bail would seem more appropriate.

  17. Seeking Liberty and Freedom says:

    The French gave us the Statue of Liberty and it represents FREEDOM….

  18. nyc says:

    Pay for sex gone bad ! How can you force someone to give you oral sex when all she had to do was bite down and run out the open hotel room door, hearing him scream in the background ! Makes no sense !

    1. Kevin says:

      this guy has a track record a mile long in France. The French 21 year old reporter placed charges yesterday. Even if he does fly the coop, les gendarmes are waiting for him

  19. Kevin says:

    Dom baby,

    IMF does not stand for International Maid Fornicator. You might have gotten away with it in the olde country, but not here.

  20. likme says:

    SHE SHOULD HAVE PULLED A BOBBITT AND BIT IT OF.

  21. Billy O.N. says:

    I say let this FrenchStick FRY baby, FRY!!!!!!!

  22. David Ruffin says:

    Just like the cases of William Kennedy Smith, Kobe Bryant, the Duke lacrosse players……I could go on and on…….there is often more there than meets the eye. I’m not saying this is a classy guy……but there may be more shades of grey than the media is reporting. You know what happened with the other cases. Don’t be surprised if the same thing happens here.

  23. Missy A says:

    Please Judge, don’t let this PIG out of the PEN. He’s a menace to international society. He’ll go wild again if he’s set free, and will find a way to escape the US.

  24. Aunt Bee says:

    VERY BAD IDEA TO LET THIS FRENCHIE WALK ON BAIL. He will find a way to flee back to France, that’s for sure. I’m sure some secret escape plan is being hatched as I speak. This will be a huge embarassement to the NYPD and America if he escapes with no chance of extradition. Judge: Don’t do it. Keep his pampered French ass in Rikers where it belongs, until he is indicted and stands trial. He has to pay the price this time.

  25. Jimmy says:

    I wonder where the private jet is waiting to whisk him away?

    1. Seymore says:

      Thank you, my thoughts exactly

  26. Tom Rodeheaver says:

    Bail yes as long as he turns in his passport. He’s not guilty yet.

    1. DanTe says:

      Twit. It’s easy enough to get the french embassy to issue another passport. Running away is a french specialty.

      1. PIKE BISHOP JR. says:

        another great pass time for the french is having american soldiers die in 2 ww wars to save their sorry cheeese wine and eiffel tower stupid frog country..

  27. Set Up says:

    Yes, he should get bail. Especially since he will be monitored. Not sure if he is guilty but I highly doubt he is. The hotel has a lot of explaining to do having a staff member enter and clean a room before a guest is gone and checked out. I have a big problem with that. And for safety of the guest’s they have better had cameras in the hallways like most hotels have evidencing he was chasing her down the hallway. Anyone can bring charges against anybody, that is what is so scary about living in this world.

    1. Ava says:

      Really, I might believe that if he didn’t sexually assault a reporter that was interviewing him and whose mother was a friend of his. Just another pig with power who thinks he’s above it all.

    2. baruch says:

      this person very wealthy! he can get best of best,NOT A MAID. this100% ser up!

      1. checkyuhfacts says:

        so what about the other woman????He has a history,check your facst you damn fool

    3. niklu says:

      “for safety of the guest’s they have better had cameras in the hallways like most hotels ”

      It was the room hallway smuck.. not the hotel hallway
      This guy is guilty as sin

  28. Seymore says:

    El-Said….shut-up!!!!!!!!!!!
    or at least act intelligent

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