Reporting Al Jones
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — In a newly leaked memo written by the former head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who is accused of attacking a hotel housekeeper, insists he’s innocent but doesn’t want to put his staff through his “own personal nightmare.”
Two people familiar with the investigation told the Associated Press on Monday evening that DNA tests on the housekeeper’s shirt matched that of Strauss-Kahn. His attorney, Benjamin Brafman, declined to comment. The NYPD also denied sharing any such information with French authorities.
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Strauss-Kahn’s temporary home on 71 Broadway in downtown Manhattan has become an instant tourist attraction, with gawking onlookers and news media from around the world gathered out front.
“It’s pretty crazy out there,” one man said. “I think it’s interesting that he’s across from Wall Street given that he worked for the IMF. In some way, it’s comical.”
The media attention, though, may be hard to escape.
“It’s the idea that we should glorify somebody who’s done something really stupid and really wrong. And we shouldn’t give him the privilege of having all the media here,” another man told CBS 2′s Kristin Thorne.
When Strauss-Kahn leaves the building, many members of the media will try to get a glimpse of him. They’ve been camped outside the apartment for days. However, the crowd has thinned after members of the press learned there were many ways for him to exit the building.
A judge told the former head of the IMF that he would be under house arrest, but had to move out of 71 Broadway by Tuesday and find more permanent digs.
Strauss-Khan’s wealthy wife, Anne Sinclair, was seen Sunday leaving the Broadway apartment building. She stepped into a waiting SUV and then returned four hours later.
Strauss-Khan was indicted by a grand jury on charges of sexually attacking a 32-year-old housekeeper in his Sofitel hotel room on May 14. In a leaked memo to his IMF staff, the man once thought to be a leading candidate for president of France maintained his innocence.
“I deny in the strongest possible terms the allegations which I now face,” he wrote. “I am confident that the truth will come out and I will be exonerated.”
The 62-year-old was released from Rikers Island last week on the condition he finance his own house arrest, complete with video monitoring, an ankle monitor, and armed guards. The estimated cost of the extra security is $200, 000 a month.
Strauss-Khan also told his now former staffers, “I cannot accept that the fund — and you dear colleagues — should in any way have to share my own personal nightmare. So I had to go.”
Right now, Strauss-Khan cannot leave the temporary apartment but once a more permanent home is located, he’ll be able to travel to court appointments, doctor visits, and religious services. His arraignment is scheduled for June 6.