Manhattan Prez: NYPD Should Bill Ex-IMF Head For ProtectionBy Tony Aiello

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Dominique Strauss-Kahn spent his first day in his new home in Tribeca on Thursday.

The ex-International Monetary Fund chief is serving house arrest in a $50,000-per-month townhouse.

Even before Strauss-Kahn moved in, 153 Franklin St. was making a splash in the world of elite Manhattan real estate. Many who’ve seen its 6,800 square feet have had a similar reaction.

“Wow, plain and simple — the sense of space, the quality of the finishes, it’s impressive,” real estate expert Jonathan Miller told CBS 2’s Tony Aiello. “If you’re going to be stuck inside your house, it’s a pretty good place to be stuck. Sixty-eight hundred square feet is large by any standard, and for a person to not feel confined, I think that would help.”

Miller said Strauss-Kahn’s $50,000-per-month rental puts him in the top one-tenth of 1 percent of homes in the city.

Everything about it whispers high end luxury.

The built-in coffee maker in the kitchen costs $3,000. Touches like that add up.

“A kitchen like that, you could be spending upwards of $1 million to get that kind of kitchen,” Miller said.

Outside, the house looks old due to historic district design restrictions, but inside it’s completely new — from spa bathrooms to a full gym to a home theatre.

The windows are even soundproof, which means Strauss-Kahn probably couldn’t hear the protester outside.

“There’s no way this guy should be in a penthouse!” the woman screamed.

She angrily compared Strauss-Kahn to the NYPD officers acquitted Thursday of rape. That’s one of the charges that landed the former IMF head on house arrest and has him awaiting trial for the alleged sexual assault of a housekeeper at the Sofitel New York on May 14.

On Thursday, her lawyer told Aiello she’s “strong, with her daughter and hoping to rebuild her life.” And like Strauss-Kahn she’s also getting police protection, but in accommodations far more modest. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer even went so far as to demand the NYPD add up what it’s spending protecting Strauss-Kahn, and send him the bill.

While the one-time contender for the French presidency enjoyed his new digs his lawyers were dueling on his behalf, sending a stern letter to the Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance complaining his “right to a fair trial is being compromised” by leaks to the press and ominously warning “we could now release substantial information [that would] gravely undermine the credibility of the complainant.”

In other words, they have dirt on the housekeeper who claims Strauss-Kahn sexually assaulted her.

But, like his accommodations, Strauss-Kahn’s attorneys are among the best money can buy.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

Tony Aiello

Comments (11)
  1. David says:

    The maid is Muslim and from Africa. What do you expect? Once she found out who he was she blackmailed and extorted this hard working man.

  2. Dale Auburn says:

    Why are my tax dollars paying for this??

    1. Michael H. says:

      Why would you assume your tax dollars are paying for this? He put up 6 million dollars in bail and bonds to secure his release. He has to pay out of pocket for the security firm that is monitoring his tracking bracelet as well as the armed guards posted outside his door 24/7. This man has immense wealth and is using it to the best of his advantage. He is paying for all of this, not our taxes.

      All of this was explained to you in a previous article. Are you that willfully ignorant or are you trying to spread falsehoods?

      1. Dale Auburn says:

        Since the IMF is based in Washington, his salary counted as U.S. income, making it subject to U.S. income taxes – minus a nice ITEMIZED DEDUCTION for the high-end living expenses resulting from his arrest. Therefore, your tax dollars and mine ARE subsidizing him.

      2. Michael H. says:

        That is one hell of a stretch. I still say you’re full of it.

      3. Truth says:

        Michael read it again.

        Manhattan Prez: NYPD Should Bill Ex-IMF Head For Protection

        That means there are extra expenses. he is paying for armed guards outside his door. What about the police outside on the sidewalk keeping the protestors away? Who foots that? Us.

      4. Michael H. says:

        Truth, Dale was implying that our tax dollars are paying for the luxury townhouse. That was the subject of the article, not the police presence outside. Note how Dale tries to emphasize the living expenses, not the NYPD. Any high profile case like this would involve additional police involvement.

  3. MS says:

    A runt with a Napoleon complex. The runt has an oversized ego. He thinks he can grope and use any woman he wants. He is but 5’2″.

  4. A R says:

    folks, he is innocent until proven otherwise- why the media and public feel they have the right to comment is beyond me- he lived a lavish lifestyle before the alleged incident, he is out on bail that he fully paid- what is the problem- I really find it odd that this is such a major news item here in NYC- why was his location allowed to be known by the media- and why are any facts in the case known to the public…..this is not the way our legal system should work…shame

    1. joe says:

      whats a shame is this french pig has done this before. Are you aware of Frances legal system? probably not, because if you were you would know that sex crimes against someone of his stature seldom get prosecuted. Might want to read prior to spewing your vomit over here.

  5. Soap says:

    Only in America !!

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