Ex-IMF chief granted bail amid sexual assault allegations
May 19th, 2011
07:20 PM ET

Ex-IMF chief granted bail amid sexual assault allegations

New York (CNN) - Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was granted bail Thursday after being indicted on charges related to the alleged assault of a maid in his New York hotel Saturday.

"It's a great relief to the family to be able to have him with them," defense attorney Bill Taylor said to reporters outside the courtroom. He said his client would spend Thursday night at the jail on Rikers Island before being released Friday. The next court appearance, an arraignment, is slated for June 6.

Supreme Court Judge Michael Obus granted the bail on the condition that Strauss-Kahn post $1 million in cash, that he also post a bond for $5 million, that he surrender his travel documents and that he submit to home detention.

The announcement came shortly after his indictment on seven criminal charges was announced. They are: two counts of criminal sexual act, two counts of sexual abuse, and one count each of attempt to commit rape, unlawful imprisonment and forcible touching.

In the charge of criminal sexual act in the first degree, Strauss-Kahn is accused of having "engaged in oral sexual conduct with an individual ... by forcible compulsion," the indictment says.

"Under American law, these are extremely serious charges," Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance told reporters outside the courtroom. "The defendant was indicted on all the charges presented to the grand jury," he said.

Strauss-Kahn resigned from his IMF post on Wednesday.

As he entered the courtroom for the bail hearing, he looked at his wife, seated in the front row, and smiled.

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  1. g mc arder

    Hello CNN,

    Re: Strauss Kahn.

    The booked in advance plane could as well go against Strauss-Kahn in that he probably thought the lady he allegedly attempted rape & other serious crimes on wouldn't report him to the police for the fact she may have known that he was someone with power. But the fact that she didn't know him & did report him to the police plus the fact that he forgot his phone was a serious error on his behalf, because it led the police to him on the plane where they arrested him. The moral of all this is; is that power isn't at all times, a strength.

    May 19, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  2. jason beadling

    Who paid for all the deputies surrounding Strauss-Kahn in the court room?

    May 19, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  3. morris wise

    The villains that framed DSK were experts, and he was surely framed. The mountains of rigged evidence against DSK is impossible to overcome, his only exit is to beg for mercy from the sinister forces that framed him. Pleading guilty and not attempting to implicate those behind the set up hopefully will get his punishment greatly reduced.

    May 19, 2011 at 8:34 pm |