News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. May 17, 2011: The mighty indeed fell Monday as International Monetary Fund director, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, was forced to call a Riker’s Island cell “home” for now, a stark contrast to the $3,000 a night hotel room he had slept in just three nights ago.
Strauss-Kahn, whose arrest on sexual assault has stunned the world, was yesterday denied bail and remanded to prison in New York after being charged with two counts of Criminal Sexual Act in the First Degree, one count of Attempted Rape in the First Degree, one count of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, one count of Unlawful Imprisonment in the Second Degree, one count of Forcible Touching and one count of Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree.
His defense lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, tried hard to get him released on a million dollars bail but a judge agreed with prosecutors that the Fund head and French politician might flee to his native France if released.
Prosecutors told the court that preliminary forensic evidence will validate the claim by the alleged victim, a Guinea-born hotel maid, that he sexually assaulted her at the Sofitel New York hotel on West 44th Street on May 14, 2011.
“According to the criminal complaint filed by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, Strauss-Kahn shut the door of his hotel room, thereby preventing the alleged victim, a member of the hotel’s cleaning staff, from leaving. He then allegedly grabbed the victim’s chest without consent, attempted to remove her pantyhose, and forcibly grabbed the victim’s vaginal area. His penis made contact with the victim’s mouth twice through the use of force.”
Strauss-Kahn is due back in court on Friday. He faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison if convicted.