In a court appearance that has sent shockwaves across the world, the head of the IMF has been remanded in custody accused of attempted rape.
Two days after his arrest, defence lawyers in New York tried to get Dominique Strauss-Kahn freed on a million dollar bail. He denies the charges against him.
But prosuctors claimed he might flee to his native France if released. They said preliminary forensic evidence would validate his alleged victim’s claims.
Defence lawyer Ben Brafman believes his client will be exonerated.
“We are disappointed but this case has just begun,” he said.
“He is still presumed innocent and I would ask all of you to please allow him the presumption of innocence so we can hopefully still get a fair trial when that happens.”
It is a staggering blow for the man who oversaw world finance and was considered a front-runner for the French presidency.
Accused of sexually assaulting a chamber maid at a New York hotel, Strauss-Kahn was arrested after boarding a plane. He is due back in court on Friday.