Ex-IMF chief pleads not guilty to sexually assaulting N.Y. hotel maid



NYork Ex-IMF leader Dominque Strauss-Kahn pleads not guilty today in a New York City criminal court to charges of sexually assaulting and trying to rape a maid at a Manhattan hotel.

Update at 9:55 a.m. ET: After the hearing, Strauss-Kahn’s attorney, Benjamin Brafman, tells reporters that his client denies the seven charges against him and intends to defend the case „vigorously.”

He says their defense „will be clear there was no element of forcible compulsion in this case whatsoever.”


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Original posting: Crowds outside the courthouse jeered Strauss-Kahn, who has been living under house arrest, when he arrived with his wife, journalist Anne Sinclair.

About 50 hotel workers who were bused in by their union gathered outside the courthouse, many wearing their work uniforms. They shouted „shame on you” as Strauss-Kahn arrived, and again as he left in a black sport-utility vehicle, The AP reports.

The 32-year-old housekeeper told police that Strauss-Kahn chased her down in his hotel suite, tried to pull down her pantyhose and forced her to perform oral sex, The Associated Press reports.

Defense lawyers have said they believed forensic evidence will show that any encounter was consensual.

The 62-year-old Strauss-Kahn resigned his IMF post after his arrest on May 14.