Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has moved to New York’s TriBeCa neighbourhood. The townhouse he has found is listed online as a 50,000-dollar-a-month rental with a theatre, gym, spa, three bedrooms and four bathrooms.
It is expected this is where he will spend the next months preparing for his trial on charges he sexually assaulted a hotel maid, charges he denies.
Locals predict their routines will also change. One woman said it would disrupt her dog walking: “We always walk down this street. There’s usually no one on this street at this time of night. I guess it’s going to be busy now.”
Another resident was also unhappy about Strauss-Kahn’s living in her neighbourhood: “I think it’s terrible that he has to keep moving around, but I really don’t think he belongs here either. This is a quiet street and the people that live here are quiet people, so all of this (disruption from the media) – it’s not fun.”
Strauss-Kahn’s house arrest means he can only go out for court appearances, meetings with lawyers, medical appointments and a weekly religious observance.
To add to the criminal charges, the maid’s lawyer has said she is considering a possible civil action.