IMF Head's Lawyers Say He Was at Restaurant During Alleged Attack on Maid
Lawyers for Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the French official accused of assaulting a Manhattan hotel maid, say they have evidence that their client was at a restaurant, with his daughter, when the alleged assault took place.
According to the New York Post, France’s RMC Radio is reporting that Strauss-Kahn maintains he left the Sofitel New York mid-Saturday, after paying his bill and handing over his key. He then had lunch and took a taxi to the airport, the news group reports.
Strauss-Kahn, chief of the International Monetary Fund and rumored to be a 2012 French presidential candidate, was at the Manhattan Criminal Court today, the New York Post reports, while his lawyers and prosecutors fought over his release. He is expected to be arraigned today.
A lawyer, economist and member of France’s Socialist Party, Strauss-Kahn’s detention has fouled up more than a few schedules. He missed a meeting Sunday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the Christian Science Monitor reports, and today will not be present at a scheduled get-together for European Union finance ministers.