$1M bail set for Strauss-Kahn as he's indicted in maid sex attack
Ex-International Monetary Fund honcho Dominique Strauss-Kahn is expected to be freed from jail Friday after a Manhattan judge set bail at $1 million in the sexual assault case involving a midtown hotel housekeeper.
“I want to devote all my strength, all my time, and all my energy to proving my innocence,” Strauss-Kahn wrote in a letter to the IMF announcing his resignation Wednesday.
Prosecutors argued Thursday against Strauss-Kahn, 62, being released on bail from Rikers Island, saying he was a flight risk.
State Supreme Court Judge Michael Obus, however, ordered that Strauss-Kahn also post a $5 million insurance bond, surrender his passports, and be placed under 24-hour home detention with electronic monitoring and an armed guard at his own expense.
Strauss-Kahn smiled at his wife, French television journalist Anne Sinclair, and his daughter Camille in court. He reportedly plans to stay at a Manhattan apartment his wife has rented.
“Now we can focus on some other aspects of the case,” said defense attorney William Taylor III.
Earlier Thursday, a grand jury handed up an indictment on two counts of committing a criminal sexual act, sex abuse and unlawful imprisonment that could land him behind bars for 25 years.
Strauss-Kahn, once a leading candidate in the 2012 French presidential candidate, is accused of forcing a 32-year-old maid to perform oral sex on him twice and trying to rape her in his Sofitel hotel suite Saturday when she came to clean.
“The evidence supports the commission of non-consensual sexual acts,” Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance said. “These are extremely serious charges.”