IMF Head Dominique Strauss-Kahn Accused of Sex Assault

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

The head of the International Monetary Fund was supposed to be arraigned on sex assault charges Monday morning, but was apparently taken out of the New York City courtroom before it could happen.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn was arrested Saturday for an alleged assault on a hotel maid earlier in the day. Strauss-Kahn was actually on a flight bound for Paris when police came on and pulled him off.

The 62-year-old was waiting his turn to be arraigned when authorities escorted him out, according to the Financial Times.

No reason was given for the move.

The alleged victim reportedly identified Strauss-Kahn in a lineup on Sunday, then he was taken to a hospital for a "forensics examination" to gather possible evidence on him that could link him to the alleged assault, said one of his lawyers, William Taylor.

Another defense attorney, Benjamin Brafman, said Strauss-Kahn "intends to vigorously defends these charges and he denies any wrongdoing," according to MSNBC. 

France's RMC radio reports that the lawyers say they have proof that their client was at a restaurant having lunch with his daughter at the time the woman said she was assaulted at the luxury Sofitel hotel.

The woman said he chased her down a hallway, dragged her into a room and forced her to perform oral sex on him.

Strauss-Kahn is no stranger to the ladies, apparently. His various nicknames include "The Great Seducer" and "Hot Rabbit." He was also accused in 2002 of trying tear off the clothes of a French reporter during an interview. That woman, Tristane Banon, said she was pressured by her mother not to file a complaint.

But now according to the New York Daily News, Banon will file a new complaint. "I bear a heavy responsibility," she said, after Strauss-Kahn has allegedly struck again. 

Strauss-Kahn is a popular figure in France -- he is reportedly considering a run to be the nation's next president.