New NY house arrest spot chosen for ex-IMF leader
NEW YORK — A new, more permanent location has been found for Dominique Strauss-Kahn's house arrest while the former International Monetary Fund leader awaits trial in his attempted rape case, court officials said Wednesday.
Office of Court Administration spokesman David Bookstaver did not specify where the new housing would be or when the one-time French presidential contender would be moved. He said the judge had agreed to the new location. Attorneys in the case filed court papers Wednesday, but the judge did not immediately release them.
Strauss-Kahn attorney Benjamin Brafman would not comment. The Manhattan District Attorney's Office has said previously it will not comment.
Strauss-Kahn is free on $1 million bail and under house arrest in a temporary apartment in lower Manhattan. He was jailed for about a week after he was arrested May 14 following accusations that he sexually assaulted a hotel maid in his room at the Sofitel near Manhattan's Times Square. His lawyers maintain Strauss-Kahn is not guilty.
Bail plans hit a snag late last week when tenants at the Upper East Side apartment building secured for his house arrest refused to accept him because of unwanted media attention. He has been housed since then near Wall Street, in a high-rise building within the NYPD's ring of steel, a network of private and police cameras. A throng of media has been camped out at the building, broadcasting as his wife, former journalist Anne Sinclair, enters and leaves the building.
Strauss-Kahn, who has no prior criminal record, is monitored by armed guards and wears an electronic bracelet, and his movements are recorded on camera. He is not allowed out of the building, but when he is moved to a more permanent location, he will be allowed out for court, doctor's visits and religious services. Prosecutors must be notified at least six hours before he goes anywhere. He can't be out between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Under his terms of house arrest, he can receive up to four visitors at a time besides family.
Strauss-Kahn was pulled from a jetliner bound for Paris after the 32-year-old West African immigrant reported the encounter to hotel staff. She told police she entered his room around noon and he emerged from the bathroom naked, and then chased her around his luxury suite before grabbing her and forcing her to perform oral sex on him.
Earlier this week, people familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press that evidence found on the woman's work clothing matched Strauss-Kahn's DNA.
It was the first forensic evidence to link Strauss-Kahn to the woman — and it's also on track with what his lawyers have suggested would be his defense.
Strauss-Kahn resigned nearly a week ago from the IMF, a powerful international institution that lends billions of dollars to troubled countries.
In his resignation he said he wanted to protect the institution.
"To all, I want to say that I deny with the greatest possible firmness all of the allegations that have been made against me," he said.