IMF chief and Georgetown resident charged in NYC assault of maid
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the Georgetown resident and head of the International Monetary Fund once thought to be a possible challenger to French president Nicolas Sarkozy, was arrested at Kennedy airport in New York on Saturday afternoon accused of a sex attack on a Times Square hotel maid earlier in the day, as reported in media across the globe.
The New York Daily News arrived in Georgetown to report that "no one answered the door at Strauss-Kahn's two-story, red brick mansion in Washington, D.C.'s posh Georgetown neighborhood last night. A black BMW SUV with diplomatic plates sat in the driveway."
The house on a 7200-square-foot lot on Dumbarton Street was purchased by Strauss-Kahn's second wife and French news personality Anne Sinclair in 2007 when Strauss-Kahn was named IMF chief. The house is currently assessed at $3.8 million.
Strauss-Kahn has been called part of the "caviar left" in France for his luxurious lifestyle. The Socialist party member is suing a French newspaper that claimed staples of his lifestyle have included luxury homes and sought-after works of art as well as several handmade suits made by President Barack Obama's tailor, a claim he has hotly denied. The tailor, a 75-year-old Frenchman from Marseille, sells suits for between $6000 and $30,000, according to France Soir.
Questions over Strauss-Kahn's wealth were raised two weeks ago after he was pictured climbing into a friend's $120,000 Porsche Panamera S outside his $5 million Paris home alongside Sinclair, the granddaughter of Paul Rosenberg, one of France's most famous art dealers.
A 32-year-old woman working as a hotel maid at a Sofitel hotel near Times Square told police that she entered Strauss-Kahn's room at about 1:00 pm on Saturday and he emerged from the bedroom naked, threw her down and tried to sexually assault her, NYPD spokesman Paul Browne told The Guardian.