A judge in New York City had denied bail to IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who is in court facing charges of sexually assaulting a hotel chambermaid in Times Square on Saturday evening.
The judge said Strauss-Kahn, who tried to flee the country on a Paris-bound Air France jet after the alleged assault, is a flight risk. He was arrested by New York Police Department before the aircraft departed.
Strauss-Kahn has been officially charged with a criminal sexual act, unlawful imprisonment and attempted rape. The 32-year old victim identified him in a line-up.
Strauss-Kahn has pleaded innocent.
Strauss-Kahn’s defense lawyer Benjamin Brafman said his client will be exonerated.
“He intends to vigorously defend these charges and he denies any wrongdoing,” Brafman said.
On Sunday, Strauss-Kahn underwent medical examinations to determine if there was any physical evidence tying him to the assault of the maid.
News of the arrest has roiled France and Europe.
Strauss-Kahn was slated to run for president of France in next year’s elections under the Socialist banner.
The president of the French Socialist Party Martine Aubry said the arrest was a thunderbolt, but added Strauss-Kahn should be presumed innocent.
However, Strauss-Kahn's problems may only be beginning.
A French writer named Tristane Banon, 31, said she might file a complaint against him for an alleged sexual assault that occurred in 2002.
We're planning to make a complaint, Banon's lawyer told Agence France Presse.