NEW YORK — The head of the International Monetary Fund has been taken into custody by New York City police and is being questioned in connection with a sexual assault of a hotel maid.
NYPD top spokesman Paul Browne says Dominique Strauss-Kahn was pulled off an Air France flight to Paris on Saturday afternoon at John F. Kennedy International Airport after he left the Manhattan hotel.
Strauss-Kahn, the managing director of the IMF, has not been charged.
The 32-year-old maid tells police that she entered Strauss-Kahn’s room at 1 p.m. Saturday and said that he tried to sexually assault her. The maid fled the room and called police.
Browne says Strauss-Kahn left his cellphone and other personal items in his room at the Sofitel near Times Square.