According to AP, the leader of the International Monetary Fund and a possible candidate for president of France was pulled from an airplane moments before he was to fly to Paris and was being questioned Saturday by police in connection with the violent sexual assault of a hotel maid, police said.
On May 14, 2011, Strauss-Kahn was removed from an Air France flight moments before taking off. He was arrested at JFK airport in New York on Saturday afternoon and was accused of a sex attack on a Times Square hotel maid. New York Police Department spokesman Brian Sessa said alleged incident took place at a Manhattan hotel, and Strauss- Kahn would likely be charged today after being held overnight at a police precinct. This was part of an investigation of an alleged sexual assault on a hotel maid in his room shortly before leaving for the airport. Whether the arrest, coupled with his past sexual improprieties, will have any impact on his legitimacy with French voters and role in the Socialist Party is not known. In the past Strauss-Kahn was involved in a scandal at the IMF over his affair with a subordinate economist. A police spokesmen has said he will be charged with "a criminal sexual act, attempted rape and unlawful imprisonment". His lawyer says he will plead not guilty. A 32-year-old woman told authorities that she entered Strauss-Kahn's suite at the luxury Sofitel hotel not far from Manhattan's Times Square at about 1 p.m. Eastern time (1600 GMT) Saturday and he attacked her, Browne said. She said she had been told to clean the spacious $3000-a-night-suite suite, which she had been told was empty.
According to an account the woman provided to police, Strauss-Kahn emerged from the bathroom naked, chased her down a hallway and pulled her into a bedroom, where he began to sexually assault her. She said she fought him off, then he dragged her into the bathroom, where he forced her to perform oral sex on him and tried to remove her underwear. The woman was able to break free again and escaped the room and told hotel staff what had happened, authorities said. They called police.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn was born on 25 April 1949 in the wealthy Paris suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine. He spent part of his childhood in Agadir, Morocco, which he left after the 1960 earthquake to go to Monaco. His family is of mixed Sephardic and Ashkenazic Jewish origin. Dominique Strauss-Kahn is married to the American-born French journalist Anne Sinclair. He attended high school at the Lycée Carnot. He graduated from HEC Paris in 1971 and from Sciences-Po in 1972. He sat and failed the entrance examination for l'Ecole nationale d'administration, but obtained a degree in public law, as well as a Ph.D and an agrégation (1977) in economics at the Université Paris X. Strauss-Kahn was briefly investigated in 2008 over whether he had an improper relationship with a subordinate female employee. The IMF board found his actions "regrettable" and said they "reflected a serious error of judgment."