IMF Chief Faces Rape Allegations

Posted on May 16, 2011

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ERIN CARSON

International Monetary Fund Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was arrested Sunday on charges of a first-degree criminal sex act, attempted rape, forcible touching, unlawful imprisonment, and a number of other related offenses after a maid at the lavish hotel he was staying in accused him of trying to force himself on her while naked and lock her in his room, according to reports.

The alleged victim told police that she entered Strauss-Kahn’s plush suite midday Saturday to clean it. The alleged attack that ensued began when Strauss-Kahn allegedly came out of a room in the suite naked, chased the woman down, groped her, made her perform oral sex while she tried to fight him off, and then dragged her into the bathroom and forced himself on her.

This news sent shock waves through the financial community, where he is arguably one of the most prominent figures. As the chief of the IMF, Strauss-Kahn is in charge of multi-billion dollar loans and financial policies that affect the global market.

People in France were also stunned by the news. Strauss-Kahn is the leading opposition to current president Nikolas Sarkozy.

Today Strauss-Kahn was dealt another blow when he was denied bail and sent to Rikers Island Penitentiary in New York.

According to reports, police caught up to Strauss-Kahn because he left the hotel in a hurry after the alleged attack, forgetting his cell phone and a number of other belongings. He called the hotel to report his missing items and they said they would have them sent to the airport, where he was headed.

What Strauss-Kahn didn’t know was that the woman had already reported the attack and police were beginning their investigation.

Two plain-clothes port authority officers found out that Strauss-Kahn had boarded a plane to Paris and rushed to keep him on US soil. They boarded the plane while it was on the runway and removed Strauss-Kahn, taking him into custody.

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