News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. May 16, 2011: The head of the International Monetary Fund yesterday agreed to a postponement of his court appearance in order to undergo a scientific and forensic examination, his attorney said.
The move came after a 32-year-old African-born chamber maid at the Sofitel Hotel in Time Square picked out Dominique Strauss-Kahn, from a police line-up as the man who sexually assaulted her on Saturday afternoon.
His lawyer William Taylor told reporters outside Manhattan Criminal Court that Strauss-Kahn will now appear in court today, Monday, May 16th, after the examination. The accused French Presidential candidate remained at the Special Victims Unit, near the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge in Harlem last night.
The alleged assault occurred in Room 2806 at the hotel where Strauss-Kahn, the thrice married father of four, had checked in Friday night.
The maid reportedly entered the room to clean it, thinking it was empty but New York Police Department spokesman Paul J. Browne said, the victim claimed Strauss-Kahn emerged from the bathroom naked, chased her down a hallway and pulled her into a bedroom and sexually assaulted her.
The woman told police she fought him off, but then he dragged her into the bathroom, where he forced her to perform oral sex on him and tried to remove her underwear. The woman was able to break free again, escaped the room and told hotel staff what had happened, authorities said. They called police but Strauss-Kahn had already left the hotel, leaving behind his cell phone and other personal items, Browne said.
The NYPD discovered the 62-year-old was at the airport and contacted the Port Authority, who took Kahn off the Air France flight without handcuffs for questioning.
The news comes as Caroline Atkinson, Director of External Relations at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), released a statement Sunday saying the IMF has no comment on the case that that “all inquiries will be referred to his personal lawyer and to the local authorities.”
She added: “The IMF remains fully functioning and operational.”
Her comments came as the Bank named John Lipsky as acting managing director.