May 21, 2019

IMF head charged with sex assault on hotel maid

His crime was ordering room service IMF style. They tend to like to screw over everyone they loan money to.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), has been charged by New York police over an alleged sex attack on a 32 year-old maid at the Sofitel hotel near Times Square.

Mr Strauss-Kahn, 62, was taken off an Air France plane at JFK airport by police only minutes minutes before it left for Paris.

New York Police say Strauss-Kahn faces three charges, including attempted rape and unlawful imprisonment. His lawyer told Reuters News Agency that he would plead not guilty.

The married former French finance minister is also considered a possible Socialist candidate for the presidency, with his high profile role at the IMF and strong poll ratings.

However even with the French electorate’s forgiving nature when it comes to politicians and their sex lives, this latest scandal should be enough to scuttle Strauss-Kahn’s political ambitions.

Mr Strauss-Kahn is expected to appear before a New York state court later on Sunday (US time).

He had been scheduled to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday, but that meeting has now been cancelled, reports say. Perhaps Merkel has concerns over his intentions?

On Monday Strauss-Kahn had planned to attend a meeting of European Union finance ministers in Brussels to discuss the bailouts of Portugal and Greece. Now it seems he might need bailing out himself.

NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said “We received a call that a chambermaid in a hotel in midtown Manhattan had been sexually assaulted by the occupant of a luxury suite at that hotel, and that that individual had fled.”

“The maid described being forcibly attacked, locked in the room and and sexually assaulted,” he said.

“The woman has been treated at hospital for minor injuries”, said Mr Browne.

He said Mr Strauss-Kahn appeared to have left the hotel “in a hurry”, leaving his mobile phone and other personal belongings behind. Along with the remains of his reputation.