Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn sits under house arrest in a luxury building in New York City. Strauss-Kahn resigned as managing director of the International Monetary Fund late Wednesday after a hotel maid accused him of sexual assaulting her. Strauss-Kahn was released from a New York City jail on $1 million cash plus a $5 million bond.
Strauss-Kahn, who would likely run for French President in November 2012, emerged naked from the bathroom and forced himself on a 32-year-old Muslim immigrant from Guinea. The young woman has consistently reported that she did not know who he was prior to the incident.
French journalist Tristane Banon, 31, accused the “great seducer” of attempted rape after his arrest. The woman said that she kicked him and screamed “rape” in order to scare him away. The woman was able to escape his wrath. Ex-mistress Piroska Nagy, a married Hungarian-born economist, said that “He summoned me on several occasions and came to make inappropriate suggestions to me… it is, in my view, incontestable that Mr. Strauss-Kahn made use of his position to obtain access to me.” The woman added that she was “Damned if I did and damned if I didn’t.” Escorts assigned to him have described his behavior as aggressive, rough, and angry.
Strauss-Kahn, who was arrested Saturday, has been charged with committing a criminal sexual act, attempted rape, and unlawful imprisonment.
Strauss-Kahn is being observed 24 hours a day at the Empire Building in lower Manhattan. The media sits outside, seemingly waiting for a Charlie Sheen-style flip out that involves the chief escaping into the night in his underwear.
The former IMF chief will probably not run for President.