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IMF chief on sex charges

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US prosecutors have charged the head of the IMF, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, with a criminal sexual act, attempted rape, and unlawful imprisonment.

The charges are in connection with an alleged assault on a hotel maid on Saturday, at a hotel near Times Square in New York where Strauss-Kahn was staying.

He is expected to appear before a judge on Sunday.

The news agency Reuters says it has received an email from his lawyer saying that he will plead not guilty to the charges.

Frenchman Strauss-Kahn was taken off an Air France plane at JFK airport minutes before it was due to take off.

Detectives said he had cooperated fully with their enquiries.

Strauss-Kahn has political aspirations. He ran for leadership of the French Socialist Party in 2006 but was unsuccessful.

He is also considered a possible candidate for the French presidency.

He has won praise for his role at the IMF, steering it through difficult times throughout the financial crisis.

This incident comes at a crucial time for Strauss-Kahn, and could derail any ambitions that he might have to take over France’s top job.

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