May 16 - IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn faced a long list of sexual assault charges on Monday and will remain in jail until his next court appearance at the end of the week. Bobbi Rebell reports.
SOUNDBITE: COURT OFFICER (ENGLISH) SAYING: "This defendant is charged with criminal sexual acts in the first degree, attempted rape in the first degree, sexual abuse in the first degree, unlawful imprisonment in the second degree." The list of charges read in a U.S. court against International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn was a long and serious one, and could result in a 25-year prison sentence. His courtroom appearance was the culmination of a dramatic weekend- during which the leading candidate for the french Presidency was accused of sexually assaulting a maid in a New York hotel room on Saturday. Defense lawyer Ben Brafman argued that reports his client rushed out of his hotel to flee the country were inaccurate. SOUNDBITE: BEN BRAFMAN, DEFENSE ATTORNEY (ENGLISH) SAYING: "The reason he was rushing was because he had a luncheon appointment and the person who he had lunch with would be able to testify to that so this this theory that he ran out of the hotel and ran to the airport to run away is simply not true." But prosecutor John McConnell successfully persuaded the judge to deny a request for a million dollar bail. SOUNDBITE: JOHN MCCONNELL, ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY (ENGLISH) SAYING: "The defendant has the personal, political and financial resources to in fact flee and evade law enforcement. He is a person of means, sophistication by all appearances, he has the resources to evade capture and prosecution were he to be released. He has an extensive network of contacts throughout the world that can and likely would assist him." Without bail, Strauss-Kahn remains in jail -putting his political future and leadership at the IMF in doubt. All this as the IMF helps negotiate critical bailouts for several European nations. Bobbi Rebell, Reuters