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Ex-IMF Leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn Remains In Pricey, Temporary Lower Manhattan Digs

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A man walks by the back entrance of the building  where former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Khan is being held under house arrest after posting bail, in New York, May 21, 2011. (Photo credit: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

A man walks by the back entrance of the building where former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Khan is being held under house arrest after posting bail, in New York, May 21, 2011. (Photo credit: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) – With armed guards and cameras watching his every move, former IMF leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn remained holed up Sunday in a pricey high-rise while he awaits a more permanent location for house arrest in his sexual assault case.

His wife, Anne Sinclair, was apparently staying with her husband at 71 Broadway. She left the luxury highrise Sunday morning and got into an SUV, destination unknown.

Strauss-Kahn has been living in the lower Manhattan skyscraper since his release Friday from Rikers Island on $1 million bail.

He’s been accused of trying to rape a housekeeper in his $3,000-a-night hotel suite last weekend but has denied the allegations. He’s scheduled for arraignment on June 6.

The 62-year-old was initially set for an apartment complex on the Upper East Side, but tenants in the building complained about the throng of police and media gathered outside.

So instead, Strauss-Kahn was ensconced in the 21-story Empire Building within the New York Police Department’s ring of steel, a network of private and police cameras.

It’s not clear when and where he’d be moved to a more permanent house arrest; calls to his attorney and to the security firm weren’t returned.

The cost to secure the former IMF chief was estimated at $200,000 a month and he must foot the bill.

The funds will go toward armed surveillance, the installation of cameras and a special bracelet shackled to his ankle that will set off an alarm if he travels too far.

Right now, he’s not allowed out at all, but after he’s moved to a more permanent location he can leave for court, doctor visits and weekly religious services. Prosecutors must be notified at least six hours before he goes anywhere. He can’t be out between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

But he won’t be lonely: Strauss-Kahn can have visitors, up to four at a time in addition to family.

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

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