May 18 - Court documents released Wednesday include a mug shot taken over the weekend of Strauss-Kahn, who has denied the charges that he tried to rape a hotel maid. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT NO REPORTER NARRATION A New York court will hear a fresh request on Thursday to release IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn from custody on bail after he was charged with trying to rape a hotel maid. Court documents released on Wednesday included a mug shot taken over the weekend of Strauss-Kahn, who has denied the charges, show the 62-year-old looking haggard, his eyes downcast and his shirt collar open. Strauss-Kahn has been held at New York's Rikers Island jail since Monday, when a judge denied an earlier request from his lawyer to free him on a $1 million bond. Strauss-Kahn had been considered a leading contender for the French presidency. The photo may spark new criticism in France, where an opinion poll showed a majority of respondents believed Strauss-Kahn may have been the victim of a conspiracy to discredit him.