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Strauss Kahn set for new rape case bail hearing

Strauss Kahn set for new rape case bail hearing
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Dominique Strauss-Kahn has arrived earlier than expected for his second bail hearing in New York.

A policeman confirmed he was in the court building. Strauss-Kahn has now resigned as head of the IMF to defend himself against charges of sexual assault on a hotel maid.

Ahead of the hearing, his lawyers have reportedly held a meeting with the judge, Michael Obus.

On Monday a different judge, Melissa Jackson, turned down the 62-year-old’s request for bail, ruling that he was a flight risk.

Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers are now apparently asking that he be released on cash bail of $1million and placed under 24-hour home detention in New York with electronic monitoring.

Until last weekend a potential socialist frontrunner in next year’s French presidential election, the man who was one of the most powerful on earth has since been languishing in New York’s Rikers Island jail.

Strauss-Kahn faces several charges of sexual assault on a 32-year-old hotel chambermaid, including attempted rape. He denies the accusations.