The head of the IMF (International Monetary
Fund,) was arrested on Saturday in New York after being removed from an airplane
at Kennedy Airport on suspected sexual assault.
Browne said that the suite, which cost $3,000 a night, had a foyer, a conference room, a living room and a bedroom, and Strauss-Khan had checked in on Friday. As the cleaning woman was in the foyer, “he came out of the bathroom, fully naked, and attempted to sexually assault her,” Browne said, adding, “He grabs her, according to her account, and pulls her into the bedroom and onto the bed.”
Strauss-Kahn enhanced the reputation of the Fund during the global financial crisis but the 62-year old former French finance minister was lucky to keep his job as IMF managing director when it was disclosed in 2008 that he had an affair with a Hungarian economist who was a subordinate to him at the Fund.
Strauss-Kahn is married to Anne Sinclair, an American-born French journalist.
Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, had nominated Strauss-Kahn for the IMF position to get a French rival off the domestic stage but recent polls showed that Strauss-Kahn was the best placed opposition politician to win the presidency in 2012.
Strauss-Kahn has been held in custody overnight and staying out of an American jail rather than seeking to be a tenant of Palais de l'Elysée, is surely his main priority now.
The bizarre incident could well have been a set-up to benefit President Sarkozy.
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