IMF head arrested for violent sexual assault of NY hotel maid

( International Monetary Fund head Dominique Strauss-Kahn, whose reputation with women earned him the moniker "the great seducer," was arrested the past weekend after a maid accused him of sexual assault in New York, reports the AP.

Less than four hours after the alleged assault in the Sofitel hotel, Strauss-Kahn, 62, was arrested while he was aboard a Paris-bound flight that was just about to take off from the John F. Kennedy International Airport. The AP reports that the police said the 32-year-old maid picked Strauss-Kahn out of a lineup.

The maid, who entered Strauss-Kahn’s suite on Saturday afternoon (Sunday in Manila), told the police that a naked Strauss-Kahn allegedly chased her down a hallway and sexually assaulted her in a bedroom. She said she fought him off but he pulled her into the bathroom where he made her perform oral sex on him and tried to remove her underwear. She was able to escape the room and told the hotel staff what supposedly transpired.

By the time authorities arrived, Strauss-Kahn was already gone and he left his mobile phone behind, reports the AP. New York Police Department spokesman Paul J. Browne said, "It looked like he (Strauss-Kahn) got out of there in a hurry." The maid, who suffered minor injuries, "has been a satisfactory employee of the hotel for the past three years," according to Sofitel spokesperson Stacy Royal.

Strauss-Kahn’s lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, told the AP that his client "denies all the charges against him" and will not plead guilty. Strauss-Kahn’s wife Anne Sinclair, a journalist who used to host a French news broadcast in the 1980s, said, "I do not believe for one second the accusations brought against my husband. I have no doubt his innocence will be established."

According to the AP, Strauss-Kahn was considered as the strongest potential rival to French President Nicolas Sarkozy next year.

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