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With House Arrest Lifted, Strauss-Kahn And Wife Attend Concerts In Massachusetts

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Former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn (credit: AP Photo/Todd Heisler, Pool)

Former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn (credit: AP Photo/Todd Heisler, Pool)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn is venturing farther from New York City after his house arrest on an attempted rape charge was lifted.

Strauss-Kahn and his wife, Anne Sinclair, took in two concerts at the Tanglewood Music Festival in western Massachusetts, two officials with the festival said Saturday. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk about attendees.

The couple traveled to the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Mass., about 130 miles northeast of New York, and attended a recital by violinist Nikolaj Znaider and pianist Saleem Abboud Ashkar on Thursday. They returned Friday for an orchestra concert conducted by Kurt Masur and featuring cellist Lynn Harrell.

The couple came alone and sat in the Koussevitsky Music Shed, the center’s 5,000-seat amphitheater, the officials said. They did not appear to have any security guards with them, the officials said.

Tickets ranged from $18 to $52 for Thursday’s performance and $19 to $91 for Friday’s concert.

Prosecutors say Strauss-Kahn, a popular Socialist who had been a favorite to run for the French presidency, attempted to rape a hotel housekeeper during a visit to Manhattan on May 14.

He resigned his post as leader of the powerful International Monetary Fund a few days after his arrest.

A judge put Strauss-Kahn under house arrest at a rented townhouse in New York, but lifted it July 1 after prosecutors said they had concerns about the housekeeper’s credibility. Strauss Kahn was allowed to travel freely within the United States, but cannot leave the country.

The trip to Massachusetts was first reported by the New York Times, which ran a photo Saturday of Strauss-Kahn and Sinclair in the audience at the Music Shed.

Strauss-Kahn wore a blue shirt and a navy blue sweater draped over his shoulders; Sinclair had a jacket and a purse in her lap.

Tanglewood, located in New England’s Berkshire Mountains, is the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. It is about a three-hour drive from the townhouse in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood.

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