Strauss-Kahn Pleads Not Guilty
He faces 25 years in prison
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jun 6, 2011 7:04 AM CDT
Updated Jun 6, 2011 10:02 AM CDT
Housekeeping staff from New York hotels jeer Dominique Strauss-Kahn as he arrives at the Manhattan Criminal Courts building Monday, June 6, 2011.   (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
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(Newser) – Dominique Strauss-Kahn pleaded not guilty to sexual assault charges today, reports the New York Daily News, which notes that he was joined by his wife and appeared "pale." Should he be convicted on charges of attempted rape, a criminal sex act, sex abuse, forcible touching, and unlawful imprisonment, he could be sentenced to as many as 25 years in prison. To enter Manhattan Supreme Court today, Strauss-Kahn had to push through a crowd of protesting hotel workers shouting, “Shame on you!”

His arraignment today kickstarts what could be lengthy legal proceedings, notes Reuters. (In related news, a defense source says there were "irregularities" in Strauss-Kahn's arrest.)