Strauss-Kahn Resigns IMF, Fights For Bail In Sex Attack Case

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the leading French politician accused of sexually assaulting a maid at a Times Square luxury hotel on Saturday, resigned from heading the International Monetary Fund. His statement read, "It is with infinite sadness that I feel compelled today to present to the Executive Board my resignation from my post of managing director of the I.M.F. I think at this time first of my wife — whom I love more than anything — of my children, of my family, of my friends," and pointedly included, "I want to say that I deny with the greatest possible firmness all of the allegations that have been made against me."

Strauss-Kahn is currently being held at Rikers Island without bail, but his lawyers are attempting to get him out, by promising to post $1 million cash bail and having him wear an electronic monitoring bracelet while living with his 24-year-old daughter Camille, who is a graduate student at Columbia University. His lawyers' bail application states, "Mr. Strauss-Kahn’s history and background weigh strongly in favor of an order of release on bail. Mr. Strauss-Kahn is a loving husband and father and a highly regarded international diplomat, lawyer, politician, economist and professor with no prior criminal record." The NY Times also says the application "gave clues to his potential defense strategy."

It recounted his whereabouts on Saturday and suggested that his actions were not consistent with that of a man who had just committed a sex crime, which prosecutors said occurred at noon. Mr. Strauss-Kahn checked out of the hotel at 12:28 p.m. on Saturday, the application said, and then went to lunch a few blocks away at 12:45 p.m.

After lunch, he was driven to Kennedy International Airport to catch a 4:40 p.m. flight to Paris. He had booked the ticket about one week earlier, according to the application.

Strauss-Kahn is being housed in his own wing at Rikers Island, and the Daily News got this photograph of him inside: "The French powerbroker, as the picture shows, is being forced to wear a blue suicide-prevention smock that is too bulky to make into a noose and too tough to tear."

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