IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn and his legal team have been dealt their first blow after a New York judge refused to grant him bail.
It means the man who normally oversees the world economy will have to sit it out behind bars until his next court appearance on Friday.
That is when evidence against him will be presented to a grand jury to see if there is a case to answer.
Strauss-Kahn faces seven charges including attempted rape after a hotel maid claimed she had been attacked. He denies all the allegations.
Benjamin Brafman, Strauss-Kahn’s lawyer said:
“I think it’s important that you all understand his battle has just begun. We believe, we’ll prove in our judgement that Mr. Strauss-Kahn is innocent of these charges. We think this case this is very defensible, we do not believe he has any intention of ever fleeing this jurisdiction. He’s principal intention is to try and clear his name. “
Strauss-Kahn has now been taken to New York’s notorious Rikers Island jail where police have said he will be held in protective custody. If eventually the case against him is proven, Strauss-Kahn could face up to 74 years in prison.