IMF Chief Sent to Rikers Island

Dominique Strauss-Kahn denied bail
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2011 11:06 PM CDT
Updated May 17, 2011 12:03 AM CDT
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, head of the International Monetary Fund, is arraigned yesterday at Manhattan Criminal Court on charges that he sexually assaulted a hotel maid.   (AP Photo/Emmanuel Dunand, Pool)

(Newser) – Accused sex attacker Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been denied bail and is now being held in New York City's notorious Rikers Island prison. The IMF chief, accused of sexually assaulting a hotel employee, will be in protective custody at the prison complex until his next court appearance on Friday, reports CNN. The Frenchman's accuser picked him out of a police lineup Sunday.

Strauss-Kahn, whose new neighbors include 14,000 other people accused of or convicted of crimes in the city, was supposed to be discussing bailouts with European finance ministers this week but found himself at his own bail hearing instead, the BBC notes. The judge, noting that Strauss-Kahn was detained on an Air France plane minutes before take-off, decided he was a flight risk and remanded him to prison.

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