Sun May 15th, 2011 at 02:26:21 AM EST
IMF managing director and leader in the French presidential election polls is under arrest in New York.
IMF chief expected to be charged with sex attack | Reuters
(Reuters) - IMF chief and possible French presidential contender Dominique Strauss-Kahn was taken into police custody and is expected to be charged on Sunday with an alleged sexual assault of a hotel maid in New York City, police said.
Strauss-Kahn, a key player in the world's response to the 2007-09 financial meltdown and in Europe's ongoing debt crisis, was removed from an Air France plane 10 minutes before it was to take off for Paris from John F Kennedy International Airport, New York police spokesman Paul Browne said.
Browne said police expected Strauss-Kahn would be formally arrested and charged: "He will be charged with a criminal sexual act, attempted rape and unlawful imprisonment."
In the circumstances - the maid escaped from the room and immediately alerted hotel staff who called the police, DSK left so hurriedly he forgot his cellphone - it doesn't sound a priori like a stitch-up. In any case, it looks likely to put an end to DSK's career at the IMF and his candidature for the French presidential.
[UPDATE 16/05/2011] Still in custody, DSK has been charged with "criminal sexual act, unlawful imprisonment, and attempted rape" and is expected to be in court this (Monday) morning. He will plead not guilty, according to his lawyer.]
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