COLLEEN LONG | May 15, 2011 12:06 PM EST |
NEW YORK — The leader of the International Monetary Fund, a possible candidate for president of France, was yanked from an airplane moments before it was to depart for Paris and arrested in the alleged sexual assault of a hotel maid, police said.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, 62, was arrested on charges of a criminal sex act, attempted rape and unlawful imprisonment. He had been taken off the Air France flight at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Saturday afternoon by police officers.
Monsieur Strauss-Kahn’s attorney, Benjamin Brafman, stated that his client denies all of the charges against him. M. Strauss-Kahn was the leading Socialist candidate to challenge President Nicolas Sarkozy in the 2012 elections, but his arrest will probably throw the campaign wide open.