Strauss-Kahn Resigns Jailed IMF chief steps down with immediate effect By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff Posted May 18, 2011 11:43 PM CDT Updated May 19, 2011 5:50 AM CDT 1 comment Comments Dominique Strauss-Kahn, then head of the International Monetary Fund, is arraigned at Manhattan Criminal Court in New York earlier this week. (AP Photo/Emmanuel Dunand, Pool) (Newser) – Dominique Strauss-Kahn has stepped down as director of the International Monetary Fund. Strauss-Kahn, who is being held in New York's Rikers Island prison on sexual assault charges, denied the charges against him but said he wanted to protect his family and the IMF, reports the New York Times. The Frenchman, once seen as the likeliest candidate to oust President Nicolas Sarkozy, has a bail hearing Thursday, “It is with infinite sadness that I feel compelled today to present to the Executive Board my resignation from my post of Managing Director of the IMF,” Strauss-Kahn said in a statement issued late Wednesday night. “I think at this time first of my wife—whom I love more than anything—of my children, of my family, of my friends." Pressure had been building on the IMF to replace Strauss-Kahn even before his resignation.