NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — He’s one of the most powerful men in the world, but Monday night Dominique Strauss-Khan was locked in a tiny an 11 x 13 foot Riker’s Island Jail cell with just a bed, toilet, sink and plastic cup.

The International Monetary Fund Director pleaded not guilty at Manhattan Criminal Court Monday at his arraignment. He is accused of trying to rape a housekeeper at a luxury hotel in Midtown.

Judge Melissa Jackson ordered Strauss-Kahn, 62, to be held without bail pending a grand jury investigation into the charges — which include attempted rape, sex abuse, a criminal sex act, unlawful imprisonment and forcible touching. The top count is punishable by five to 25 years in prison.

Click here to read the criminal complaint against Strauss-Kahn.

Kahn stands accused of sexually assaulting a housekeeper at the Sofitel Hotel in Manhattan.

A 32-year-old hotel worker told police she went in to clean what she thought was an empty, $3,000-a-night luxury suite. Police say the woman claims Strauss-Kahn came out of the bathroom naked.

According to the criminal complaint, Strauss-Kahn forcibly grabbed the woman’s breasts, attempted to pull down her pantyhouse and fondle her, CBS 2’s Tony Aiello reported.  Police say the woman told them he chased her down a hallway before dragging her into a bedroom. The woman told police he sexually assaulted her there, but she managed to fight him off.

However, the woman claims he then dragged her into the bathroom and forced her to perform oral sex on him. He tried, according to the woman, to remove her underwear. She managed to break free, and reported the incident to hotel staff.

The man who the French call “the great seducer” was questioned for hours by investigators and picked out of a lineup by his accuser.

In court Monday, Strauss-Kahn wore a blue shirt open at the collar. He appeared to have a faint stubble and kept a grim demeanor. Defense attorneys had suggested bail be set at $1 million and promised the IMF managing director would remain in New York City.

However, citing that Strauss-Khan could be a potential flight risk, prosecutors likened him to Roman Polanski, who lives comfortably in Europe after facing sex charges in California.

Prosecutors said Strauss-Kahn’s position as IMF head had taken him out of the country previously and that the IMF leader was wealthy and doesn’t live in New York.

1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reports: Defense Attorneys Deny Strauss-Kahn Is A Flight Risk

“He has almost no incentive to stay in this country and every incentive to leave,” Assistant District Attorney John A. McConnell said. “If he went to France, we would have no legal mechanism to guarantee his return to this country.”

Strauss-Kahn heads the IMF, which oversees the global financial system and plays a central role in setting global exchange rates. He was widely seen as a frontrunner in the upcoming election for the French presidency.

Since his arrest, the IMF has appointed an interim chief.

Detectives arrived at the hotel room quickly, but he was already gone, but found Strauss-Kahn’s cellphone there. An NYPD spokesman said “It looked like he got out of there in a hurry.”

Police told hotel employees what to say in the event Strauss-Kahn should call for his phone. Sure enough, he did call the hotel and ask after the phone. They said they had it and he could come collect it. That’s when he told them he was about to take off on a flight to France, authorities say.

Police hauled him off an Air France jet at Kennedy Airport 10 minutes before takeoff.

Defense attorney Benjamin Brafman says it’s wildly inconsistent to suggest that he was fleeing the country, since his client wouldn’t very well call the hotel and tell them where he was if he was trying to flee.

“This battle has just begun. We believe and will prove in our judgement Mr. Strauss-Kahn is innocent of these charges. We think this case is very defensible,” Brafman said.

After Kahn’s arrest, the French Socialist Party released a statement.

“The news from New York tonight struck us like a thunder bolt. I am, like everyone else, shocked, astounded. I ask that we wait for the facts, respect the presumption of innocence and maintain decency,” the party said.

A woman in France who claims she was sexually assaulted by Strauss-Kahn nine years ago says she will now pursue a complaint against him, according to her attorney.

Tristane Banon didn’t file suit earlier owing to pressure, her attorney David Koubbi said.

Three years ago, the married father of four admitted to an affair with a younger co-worker.

His wife Anne Sinclair, a New York-born French news reporter, stood by him then and now released a statement.

“I do not believe for a single second the allegations leveled against my husband.  I do not doubt his innocence will be established.  I appeal for restraint and decency,” Sinclair said.

Sinclair since jumped on a plane to come to New York to support her husband.

What’s your reaction to the allegation that one of the world’s top bankers tried to assault a hotel maid? Sound off in our comments section below…

Comments (134)
  1. Joe Bloggs says:

    I feel sorry for him. The accusations are unproven and the allegation endorsed by the US judge that he represents a hazard to other passengers on his intended flight and that he was fleeing the scene are preposterous. Where would he be fleeing to? The French Pyrenees? Do me a favor. The deprived judge should get a life. Thank heavens most of don’t have to live under the US justice system.

    1. Truth says:

      Unproven? Were you there? You don’t even know. There could be tons of evidence against him. They must have evidence because they don’t arrest you here in NYC unless your black or Latino buddy.

      1. Sam says:

        So it is proven? Were you there? Complete utter rubbish US justice system indulges in and that is “pretrial arrest”. On top of hat they denied him bail so now he is guilty until proven innocent!

      2. NADIA HALL says:

        You are so right!!

    2. NADIA HALL says:

      What??? feel sorry!! What about the woman he try to have sex with? YOU GET A LIFE!

  2. Sounds like a set up says:

    What an ambitious maid who cleans the room before the guest has checked out and left the hotel. She should get employee of the year.

    1. aimery says:

      Here is one French politician who has discovered that there are countries where indeed the rule of law applies to them too

      1. Catherine says:

        Is this is the rule of law, it is in US eyes only. If using all means of depravation by Authorities is the rule of law, thank God this is only in the US. The rule of law is respect, fair justice, and unless proof of felony has been brought, one should be regarded, treated and respected as innocent. Sounds like in the US this is not understandable……..

    2. char knight says:

      Sorry to have to inform you…….the maid gets a list of those rooms that need to be cleaned that day. They are NOT told when the customer has left. It is up to each to knock on the door…no response….crack the door call out… answer… is usually safe to think the room is empty

      1. Gaul Girl says:

        Check in and Check out are the basic rules of Hotel business , someone did not do properly its job… that is the beginning of the story…

    3. SokrMom says:

      Now it’s the maid’s fault for being there? So Strauss-Kahn fled immediately, without even bothering to pack his things and take them with him, because he got lucky with the maid?!

  3. None Of Your Business says:

    What I find interesting about this matter is that in a month he would announce his candidacy for President of France. He and Sarkozy, the current French President, are political enemies.

    Are these accusations against Strauss-Kahn true — or is he the victim of a plot to derail his political career? The timing of the accusations — one month before he has to declare his presidential candidacy if he intends to run — makes me wonder.

  4. Bill B. says:

    I hope that he isn’t given bail – he would flee. To those who claim that this might be a “set-up” by France’s opposition party explain his leaving his cell phone.

    I would imagine this has happened many times before but the women were talked out of – or too afraid – to press charges.

    “Rutting Chimpanzee” – what a colorful expression by a woman who claims he attacked her 9 years prior…

  5. Mr Shyster says:

    Hi everybody. I’m your above average unethical, unscrupulous lawyer.
    This defendant should not be judged based on facts alone, but on smoke and mirrors.

    Sure this person could be a hypercritical duplicitous pusillanimous pip-squeak,
    but where there is evidence, there is doubt. Is it about the money honey?

  6. Mike Sarkisian says:

    Innocent until proved guilty! We will know more as time goes by! As a conservative I abide by due process!

  7. Alan Whitney says:

    What’s the big deal?

    After all — this is no worse than what Bill Clinton got away with…

    1. RichieT says:

      At least he didn’t leave his cell phone

    2. Elizabeth Brown says:

      Consensual vs non consensual – moral liability vs criminal liability. There is a big difference.

  8. Jojo says:

    I agree with IIR post. Something just does not sound right. This guy is supposedly a toprunner for the French President. I wonder how much this maid is getting paid.

  9. AbleCynic says:

    Is it only me, or doesn’t anyone else see a problem with a civil servant staying in a $3000 per night suite in a Manhattan hotel? I don’t think the IMF needs for the US to borrow any more money from China to give it to them.

    1. Trishe says:

      He’s French, he can spend whatever he wants.

  10. Sam E. says:

    Something about this story stinks to High Hell, and it ain’t just a dirty Frenchman’s body odor………the entitelement of this Fiend to just grab & sexually assault a hotel worker who was just doing her job is deplorable. I notice he lawyered up to a very high-profile criminal lawyer who is known for defending all types of VIP creeps and getting them out of messy situations! Stick this Frenchie in Rikers for a couple of nights – where he’ll get unlimited “sex” around the clock.

    1. Monsier Chevalier says:

      Pairapse madamoiselle was dressed as a Fwonsche maid, no? In ziss gace, thair was no joice but to get, how do you say, “grabby”, oui?

  11. Israeli Soldier says:

    This guy looks exactly like Nicky Corrozzo ( Gambino Captain)..

  12. P conlon says:

    ***** Too impulsive(??) I doubt he was OCD.

  13. Peter says:

    dirty old man strip him of his duties.

  14. KIRIT VAIDYA says:


  15. SarahTX2 says:

    His wife’s hilarious.

  16. jackinlondon says:

    You anti-semite. You only show your ignorance. I am reporting this comment

    1. Omaha says:

      Where am I wrong?

  17. Incredible is right says:

    Something does not sound right with this story. I find it hard to believe that this guy would have to rape anyone. He could pay for any POA he wants.

    1. Psych Guy says:

      Rape and Sodomy are about power, not sex. Who knows how much this sinister being has gotten away with because of his status.

      1. Eldon James says:

        No it’s not about power, it’s about sex. The “power” thing is a feminist myth.

      2. badman says:

        Eldon, You got no idea whether it’s about power or not. You’re too wrapped up in yourself to even try to consider it from another perspective. You’re the kind that hits girls, aren’t you?

        Facile, idle talk out your @ss. It would be great for you to spend a few months in prison, getting raunched day and night by whoever sponsors you. then you might be able to say whether it’s about power or not.

    2. Brad says:

      You are naive aren’t you? It’s not about the money or what you could buy. It’s about power–taking what you want, when you want it, being above the law or anything other than your whims at the moment. The laws only apply to the “little people”. You don’t think that this hasn’t happened multiple times before?

  18. Anton says:

    At $3000 a night he just probably figured that included GFE privileges with the help.

    1. nyc says:

      You may be right ! He may have thought the $3000 charge was all inclusive !!

  19. pete orland park says:

    What Bill Clinton and Eliot Spitzer wouldn”t share their little black books?

  20. Don Becktel says:

    Well, I never…Who does Strauss-Khan think he is, Paul Wolfowitz?

  21. zagwee says:

    Should be interesting to see how that turns out. Wow.

  22. dp says:

    Another example of smart people doing really stupid things !!

    1. P conlon says:

      **** Probably the most well thought out comment here

    2. Lisa says:

      Another example of smart people doing criminal acts.

  23. Gibbs Bentley says:

    Dig a little deeper. —

    1. Massimo Deportado says:

      No thank you….. we’ve all heard enough from you….

      More KookAid?

      1. Gibbs Bentley says:

        Typical reply from a liar, a degenerate and a full blown mental deficient. I can’t believe your mother has let you out of your mold encrusted basement.

        —— says bring it on … post your IP Mr. Big Shot

      2. Massimo Deportado says:

        u r 1 koo-koo little gurl.

  24. Andrew P says:

    Sarkozy’s agents who run the hotel probably promised him an escort dressed as a French maid. Instead, they send the real maid in to clean his room. He really stepped in it then. Ooops!

  25. L. Woods says:

    With the wealth this man allegedly has, why attempt a rape? The easiest thing for him to do is to ‘hire’ a lady of the evening under instructions that he wants to pretent to take it! This doesn’t make any sense to me. Smells ‘funny’.

    1. MacDaddyLee says:

      Probably because he thought at $3000 a night that the maid came with the room.

    2. Jesse says:

      Obviously, you have never had money and power. Get in the real world and out of the woods.

  26. Bill says:

    The Fox Is Still in the Financial Chicken Coop

    Head of the IMF and he can’t control what’s below
    his belt? Maybe that’s were his brain is. No wonder
    financial markets around the world are in trouble.

    If this victim has any of the perpetrator’s DNA on her,
    then you can here that judge’s gavel slam with an echo,
    Guilty as charged.

    1. Fanny Forbes Franklen says:

      Al Gore’s victim had DNA evidence but no one would do anything. This guy may be guilty, but one has to look at who he is and that he was going to challenge Sarkozy and probably win.

      Dig a little deeper.

      1. Massimo Deportado says:

        Deep as a piece of paper!

      2. Gibbs Bentley says:

        Unfortunately the laconic mental decrepit Minnimo is a victim of MSG poisoning form living off fast food. Another run of the mill degenerate.

  27. Max Payne says:

    Obviously not satisfied with just sodomizing the Greeks.

    1. PIKE BISHOP JR. says:


  28. pnyrpbcan says:

    here’s my theory. police should check the numbers he last called. i theorize he called for a ‘lady of the night’, asked her to wear frnech maid outfits. he comes out of the door, sees a female room tender, thinking this was her, or maybe he was too h0rny, and couldnt wait any longer. then he pounces on her. the lady of the night was a tad bit too late.

    1. Gregg says:

      Your comment really made me laugh and as funny as it is, you may be right !

  29. bobxyz says:

    Nobody would take that bet.

  30. Robert Marvin Smith says:

    Sodomizer-Kahan is just following socialist policy.

    He is robbing Pauline to satisfy Peter.

  31. Distillerman says:

    Call Kobe Bryant’s lawyer. Specializes in defending against hotel employee allegations.

    1. HARLEM GOING HAM says:


  32. Bobbynhl says:

    Let justice takes its course. No bias comments needed.

  33. Darrel says:

    Only the likes Of Bill Clinton and crazed sex poodle Al Gore get away with sexual assaults.

  34. Antoine Clarke says:

    Strauss-Kahn’s second wife’s god-daughter was pressured by her own mother to withdraw an attempted rape claim that is very similar to this one, back in 2002. The woman, a journalist, is now said to be “planning a lawsuit” against her alleged attacker.

    DSK was untouchable in France with his media and political connections. Having escaped punishment several times, he must have thought he could do anything he likes.

    The leaving a mobile phone in hotel room is odd. Did he panic or was it a ruse to delay NYPD from tracing him via GPS?

    If anyone thinks he should be released on bail pending trial, I have two words for an American judge: “Roman Polanski”.

  35. IMF controls the FED says:

    Dominique Strauss-Kahn was taken off the Air France flight at John F. Kennedy International Airport by officers from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and turned over to police Saturday afternoon, said Paul J. Browne, New York Police Department spokesman.

    He was being questioned by the NYPD special victims office. No charges have yet been filed.

    The 32-year-old woman told authorities that she entered Strauss-Kahn’s room at the Sofitel near Manhattan’s Times Square at about 1 p.m. Saturday and he emerged from the bedroom naked, threw her down and tried to sexually assault her, Browne said.

    The IMF actually controls the Federal Reserve Bank, what does that tell you?

    The USA is being raped be the FED…
    Now, she, at least, broke free, the question is,

    Can we break free of our $14.3 TRILLION DEBT CEILING orchestrated by Bernanke and the FED?

    She somehow broke free and escaped the room and told hotel staff what had happened, authorities said. They called police. In fact this individual has an apparent history of forcing himself on woman in the past, and this same disgusting assault is performed on a global basis to the worlds finances.
    As to The Fractional Reserve Banking System, it is the IMF (International Monetary Fund), which controls the monetary policies of our Federal Reserve Bank, in which it is not Federal , it is a PRIVATE BANK, and there are no Reserves.
    With this snapshot of a rapist in mind, may it serve as to be a wake up call for Americans, yes, and Europeans, that nations should return to their respective treasuries to regulate monetary policy, rather than putting it in the hands of RAPISTS, who are literally financially RAPING the economic structures of IMF controlled Central Banking Nations, Including Ben Bernake’s FEDERAL RESERVE BANK!!

    Wake up America.

  36. nyc says:

    Must have been a beatiful housekeeper ! This guy is realy rich, I’m sure he has no problem getting women ! Dosen’t smell right, but you never know .

    1. Yardman says:

      she was a black muslim woman from africa.dont know how beautiful she could be .havent seen that many beautiful black muslim woman

      1. KPMc says:

        And I’m sure you’ve gone out of your way to meet several black Muslim women and you surely did so with an open mind.

  37. Philippe says:

    He’s done it before. The French judicial system crushed the victim. Bankers are out of control and this shows their brutal arrogance. My heart with the victim.

    1. RichieT says:

      Thomas Jefferson warned this country about bankers in this country in 1816
      “The system of banking we have both equally and ever reprobated. I contemplate it as a blot left in all our constitutions, which, if not covered, will end in their destruction, which is already hit by the gamblers in corruption, and is sweeping away in its progress the fortunes and morals of our citizens”
      Nobody listened.

  38. bobxyz says:

    How refreshing and novel — a bankster being frog-marched (no pun intended). Unfortunately, American banksters seem to be untouchable under the US system of justice.

  39. DanTe says:

    This is what happens when you assume women in other countries are stupid meatbags, like the ones in your home country of France.

  40. A. A. says:


    This comes after two slanderous attacks in France about his lifestyle. I think he has been framed.

    1. B.B. says:

      Why should the lifestyle of a Socialist Party leader be criticized just because he stays in a $3,000 per night hotel suite and flies first class on Air France? Nothing is too good for the workers.

  41. Mooranon says:

    He’ll walk…Can’t have a rich person actually convicted of anything..Let’s see; He heads up the IMF, has access to scads of dough….hmmm….a few lawyers paid off here, a prosecuter there, oh yes, can’t forget the judges cut…..and, of course, a healthy payment to the victims and her kin……Thank goodness he access to all that dough.

    1. TRXX says:

      Ask Bernie Madoff if rich people actually can get convicted. Ask Dennis Kozloski. Raj Najarantnan. Ken Lay. (cant ask him). I could go on, but at what point will you educate yourself instead of just toeing the class warfare line?

      1. bobxyz says:

        Most get away with it. And regarding class warfare, the rich have been declaring war on the middle class and poor for decades in the USA — not the other way around.

      2. conservlibertarian says:

        You are 100% wrong, bobxyz. The class warfare is not the rich vs the middle class & poor. It is the left wing politicians + the media + the unproductive (the welfare/wic/head start crowd) VS. the productive citizens of the USA. Why should the productive be penalized while the lazy & shiftless sit around reproducing, making little carjackers and worse. We need to let survival of the fittest take its natural course

  42. Chastity York Townsend says:


  43. dennis says:

    He will get off. They will pay off the maid or pay off the DA or they will dig up dirt on the maid and make her out to be the bad person. Check out is at noon. Why was he still in his room at one? three grand a night? I want his job.

  44. Ga. Adult says:

    This guy might be above the law in france but we will wait and see as to what happens in the USA.

    1. thetidos says:

      Yes. Wouldn’t happen in the Oval Office

      1. SierraHotel058 says:

        As repugnant as President Bill’s condiuct was, it is a far cry from rape. In France I don’t think it would have caused so much as a raised eyebrow. Don’t think the French think rape is a laughing matter however.

        I do wonder what the actions of the French authorities would have been if this alleged assault had occurred in his own country. I am afraid it would have been covered up. Makes the French look very bad if one assumes this has happened before… with no action.

      2. Badazz says:

        Juanita Broderick

    2. bobxyz says:

      Yes, let’s see if he’s above the law in the USA. My bet is that he is way above the law here thanks to his extraordinary wealth, power and globalist connections.

  45. N M says:

    This could not be an isolated incident by him. Probably did it before and in the same hotel. Top end hotels know their clients’ preferences and cater to them. Remember the prophylactic in Al Gore’s hotel amenities kit? Only this guy’s preference was not acceptable to the hotel. This time they were ready for him and probably have some evidence. Remember all hotel corridors have cameras.

  46. MIKE says:





  47. Hamma says:

    This situation sound fishy to me (no pun intended). However, in a $3000 dollar a night hotel, the maid should have knocked or called before entering. Lots of people walk out of the bathroom naked, when alone in hotels. The episode simply does not add up: maid comes in, he comes out, and then immediately throw her to the floor, and then runs away!???

    1. David Arbogast says:

      You read the details before you spout off. You might notice he is also charged with false imprisonment for trying to hold her there, and he bolted so fast he left his cell phone there. How many “world leaders” would depart in such hast for an internaltion flight to meet the head of Germany ?

      Now, a French woman has come forward with a similar narative – she did not before as her Mom is a political operative in France and asked her to remain silent as it would harm the Mom’s next election.

  48. story says:

    I don’t care who his sorry ass is this is America justice will be served with a side of kick ass American style.

    1. Jorge says:

      Like with OJ

    2. HARLEM GOING HAM says:


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