IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who has been charged with a criminal sexual act, attempted rape and unlawful imprisonment, will be arraigned on Monday, according to reports.
Reports have said his arraignment, which was supposed to take place on Sunday, was delayed after the disgraced French politician agreed to undergo physical examination including DNA tests as the prosecutors sought to gather critical evidence against him in the sexual assault case.
The 62-year-old French presidential hopeful, who has been called the 'great seducer', was pulled out of a plane and arrested on Saturday afternoon police got a complaint from a hotel maid that he tried to sexually attack her in his hotel suite.
Strauss-Kahn's lawyer Benjamin Brafman, who has represented celebrities including Michael Jackson, said the disgraced politician will plead not guilty to charges.
In a swift and dramatic turn of events high profile Strauss-Kahn, who was widely expected to run against President Nicolas Sarkozy in the French presidential elections, will face a jail term of between 15 and 20 years if the charges against him are proved in court.
His accuser, a maid at Sofitel hotel in New York identified Strauss-Kahn from a lineup of people.
Meanwhile Strauss-Kahn's wife Anne Sinclair, a French journalist, rejected the charges against him. She said she “does not believe for a second that Strauss-Kahn did what he was charged with.
I don't believe for one second the accusations made against my husband. I have no doubt that his innocence will be established, she said.
The victim, whose identity was not established and who was secretly driven away in a police van after identifying Strauss-Kahn, is the mother of a teenage child, according to reports. Her friends have described her as a friendly person and a good neighbor.
The friend said the alleged victim is black and about 6ft tall with dark hair. She works on the top floor as a room attendant, Britain's Daily Mail reported.