Egyptian Banker Arrested in Attack on NYC Hotel Maid

Mahmoud Abdel Salam Omar charged with sex abuse, unlawful imprisonment
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 31, 2011 2:02 AM CDT
Updated May 31, 2011 5:45 AM CDT
The exterior of the Pierre Hotel in Manhattan.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – The high-profile arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn apparently wasn't enough to convince one exec that he should keep his hands off New York City's maids. Prominent Egyptian banker Mahmoud Abdel Salam Omar was arrested yesterday and charged with sexually abusing a maid at a Manhattan hotel, barely 2 weeks after the former IMF chief was arrested on similar charges, AP reports.

Police say the maid was called to the 74-year-old executive's room at the Pierre to drop off tissues, but once she was inside the room, he refused to let her leave and groped her. "When she came to his room, he got carried away. He started grabbing at her. He wouldn't let her go," a hotel bellman tells the New York Daily News. "It's a total copycat of what happened with the French guy." Omar, the former chairman of one of Egypt's biggest banks, is being held on charges of sexual abuse, unlawful imprisonment, forcible touching, and harassment.

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