The former IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn has given a not guilty plea to sexual assault charges amid chants and protests.
Supporters of the alleged victim, a hotel chamber maid, shouted “shame on you” to the man who was once the world’s top financier.
Strauss-Kahn is facing several charges including attempted rape and unlawful imprisonment.The incidents allegedly took place while he was staying at a Manhattan hotel last month.
His legal team, lead by Benjamin Brafman, has indicated he will contest that any sex with the maid was consensual.
“In our judgement, once the evidence is reviewed, it will be clear that there was no element of forcible compulsion in this case,“Brafman told reporters.
But the maid’s lawyer, Kenneth Thompson, said any suggestion she had agreed to sex was “preposterous.”
“The victim wants you to know that all of Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s power, money and influence throughout the world will not keep the truth about what he did to her in that hotel room from coming out.”
Strauss-Khan left court with his wife, the French television journalist Anne Sinclair. He is currently staying in a luxury townhouse under house arrest.
Before being bailed he spent four days in Rikers Island prison. The next hearing for the 62-year-old is set for July 18.