Photo: "DSK" at the spring IMF-World Bank meetings in Washington April 16, 2011. (REUTERS/Yuri Gripas)
A 32-year-old hotel maid in New York City has filed charges against International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, accusing the 62-year-old of violent sexual attack, and attempted rape. He left the hotel shortly after the time of the alleged assault. NYPD caught up with him on an Air France flight at JFK, 10 minutes before the plane was to depart. They pulled him from his first class seat and arrested him on charges of a criminal sex act, attempted rape and unlawful imprisonment. A Socialist, Strauss-Kahn was anticipated to become a front-runner candidate in upcoming presidential election cycle in France.
Related: Anne Mansouret, a fellow Socialist politician in France, said on Sunday her daughter was the victim of a similar sexual assault by Strauss-Kahn in 2002. The alleged victim was DSK's god-daughter, by way of his second wife. Mansouret says she regrets pressuring her daughter not to file a complaint at the time. (via Julian Dibbell)
* Headline adapted from a Roger Ebert tweet.