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IMF chief Strauss-Kahn questioned over ‘sex attack’

15 May 11 04:05

The head of the IMF, Dominique Strass-Kahn, is being questioned by New York police over an alleged sex attack on a hotel maid, say reports.

Mr Strauss-Kahn, 62, was taken off an Air France plane at John F Kennedy airport minutes before it left for Paris.

Police said he had not been charged.

The married former French finance minister is also a leading Socialist Party politician and is considered a possible candidate for the presidency.

He is due to attend a meeting of European Union finance ministers in Brussels on Monday to discuss the bailouts of Portugal and Greece.

A spokesman for New York’s Port Authority said they detained Mr Strauss-Kahn at the request of the New York Police Department (NYPD).

He is now being questioned by the NYPD, who said he was co-operating fully with their enquiries.

According to US media reports, the Frenchman was accused of a sexual attack on a maid at a Manhattan hotel.

Spokesman Paul J Browne said the allegations had been made by a 32-year-old woman who worked at the hotel, which has been identified as the Sofitel near Times Square.

The IMF had no immediate comment on the incident.

‘Error of judgement’

Mr Strauss-Kahn ran for leadership of the French Socialist Party in 2007 but eventually came second to Segolene Royale.

Later that year, he was appointed managing director of the International Monetary Fund.

Mr Strauss-Kahn has won praise for his stewardship of the IMF, which he has guided through difficult times including the recent world financial crisis.

But in 2008 he was investigated by the IMF board over his relationship with a female member of his staff.

The board ruled his actions “reflected a serious error of judgment” but that the relationship had been consensual. He apologised to IMF staff and his wife, French TV personality Anne Sinclair.

Mr Strauss-Kahn has not yet announced whether he intends to run in the 2012 French presidential elections but is widely expected to do so.