The chief of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, was hauled off of a plane today at John F. Kennedy Airport and arrested after a hotel maid accused the Frenchman of sexual assault. He was on his way to Paris on Flight 23 with Air France when Port authority police removed him from the aircraft. Strauss-Kahn was arrested for attempted rape, criminal sexual acts, unlawful imprisonment.
A Manhattan hotel maid said she came into Strauss-Kahn’s room to clean thinking it was empty. He came out from the bathroom without any clothing on and chased her around the room before sexually assaulting her in the bedroom. While she fought him, he took her forcefully to the bathroom and made her perform oral sex on him. He then tried to lock the door but the hotel maid escaped and told a staff member who then called the police. Strauss-Kahn rushed out of the hotel and left for the airport. He left many personal items behind in his rush to flee the scene, such as his cell phone. He made it to the airport and onto the plane, but then was apprehended right before take off. The maid was checked out and treated for injuries at Roosevelt Hospital.
This is not the first time Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been involved in a sexually related scandal. Known as a “ladies man”, Strauss-Kahn had a fling with a former IMF staff member at the Davos international forum. The woman’s husband found out and was furious and accused the IMF chief of seducing his wife. Strauss-Kahn then apologized publicly saying, “I accept that this incident represents a serious error of judgment.”
IMF has stated they have no comment at this time about the arrest. Dominique Strauss-Kahn does not have the protection of diplomatic immunity.