Strauss-Kahn Gets $1M Bail, Home Detention

Former IMF chief is indicted on sex-assault charges
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 19, 2011 2:03 PM CDT
Updated May 19, 2011 3:09 PM CDT
In this May 16 file photo, Dominique Strauss-Kahn is arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court.    (Richard Drew)

(Newser) – A judge has agreed to free former IMF leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn from a New York City jail on the condition that he remain under house arrest. The judge set bail at $1 million and approved an elaborate arrangement under which the 62-year-old diplomat and banker would be confined to a private apartment in Manhattan and monitored by armed guards. Prosecutors also announced today that a grand jury had indicted him on charges related to his sex-assault arrest.

Strauss-Kahn arrived in the courtroom this afternoon wearing a gray suit. He turned to give a quick smile to supporters in the gallery that included a daughter and his wife, Anne Sinclair. He has been behind bars since Saturday after he was accused of trying to rape a maid at a Manhattan hotel. (Read more Dominique Strauss Kahn sexual assault stories.)

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