IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn on Monday was remanded in custody by a judge in New York on charges including attempted rape.
Lawyers for the economist, who until this past weekend was widely tipped to become France’s next president, proposed a one million dollar bail package.
But prosecutors voiced concern he might flee to France, if released and said preliminary forensic evidence would validate his alleged victim’s claims. They also said Strauss-Kahn may have engaged in similar conduct once before and they are investigating.
Defence lawyers said Strauss-Kahn denies sexually attacking and unlawfully imprisoning a hotel maid. Some French radio reports said he has an alibi.
But the maid claims the IMF chief sprang naked on her from the bathroom of his hotel suite near Times Square. Arrested on board a Paris-bound plane, minutes before take-off, he is due back in court on May 20.
IMF boss remanded in custody on sex charges