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Strauss-Khan, who was "widely expected" to become the Socialist candidate for the French presidency, was escorted by detectives from an Air France jetliner at Kennedy International Airport only minutes before it was to due to depart for Paris on Saturday.
The former French finance minister was booked early Sunday morning "on charges of criminal sexual act, attempted rape, and unlawful imprisonment, police said," reported the Daily News. Strauss-Khan is not protected by diplomatic immunity and will be arraigned today.
The 32-year-old Sofitel hotel maid provided a terrifying account of the attack to cops. At about 1 p.m., she walked into Strauss-Kahn's $3,000-a-night-suite - Room 2806 - at the posh W. 44th St. hotel, thinking it was empty.
Strauss-Kahn, who is married to a New York-born journalist, emerged from the bathroom naked, chased her down the hallway in his suite and yanked her into a bedroom, where he sexually assaulted her, the maid told police. She fought him off, but he dragged her into the bathroom, forced her to perform oral sex and tried to peel off her panties. At one point, he tried to lock the suite's door, police said.
The woman escaped, scampered out of the room and alerted a hotel staffer, who called 911, according to cops. The frisky Frenchie high-tailed it out of the hotel to the airport before cops arrived, leaving his cell phone and other personal items behind, police said.
The man nicknamed "the Great Seducer" has a history of sex scandals. In 2008, Strauss-Kahn was accused of having an affair with a former subordinate at the Davos World Economic Forum. "The IMF decided to stand by him despite concluding that he had shown poor judgment in the affair. Mr. Strauss-Kahn issued an apology to employees at the bank and his wife, Anne Sinclair, an American-born French journalist," reported the New York Times.
The incident is expected to have huge repercussions in French politics and the Euro debt crisis. "Strauss-Kahn had a good chance of becoming France's next President," reports the International Business Times. "If the rape accusations—and allegations that he tried to flee the US to escape justice—against him stick, it would not only end his presidential aspirations but could also dent the entire left-wing in France in the 2012 elections."
The arrest of the head of the International Monetary Fund "complicates" a key Monday meeting in Brussels on whether to give Greece billions more in aid. "But analysts said one man’s troubles won’t keep the 17 eurozone nations from trying to contain a debt crisis that threatens them all, reports the Washington Post.