International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn meets with (l) the then Haitian President-elect Michel Martelly at International Monetary Fund Headquarters (IMF) April 19, 2011 in Washington, DC.|
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.
According reports, a naked Dominique Strauss-Kahn allegedly pushed a cleaning
woman onto his bed at the Sofitel Hotel close to Times Square and sexually
assaulted her at around 1 pm Saturday.
The alleged victim is reported to have informed co-workers who then alerted
authorities. Strauss-Kahn headed to the airport and left personal belongings
behind in his hotel room, including a mobile phone.
Detectives from the Port Authority Police Department arrested Strauss-Kahn from
the first-class section of a Paris-bound Air France flight minutes before
take-off, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said.
The New York Times reports that Deputy Police Commissioner Paul J. Browne, the
department’s chief spokesman, said Saturday night: “He
is being arrested for a criminal sex act, attempted rape and unlawful
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
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.