Dominique Strauss-Kahn, 62-year old ex-IMF chief, pleaded not guilty today in a U. S. court to charges that he attempted to rape a maid in a New York hotel last month.

The 32-year-old housekeeper told police that Strauss-Kahn chased her down in his hotel suite, tried to pull down her pantyhose and forced her to perform oral sex, the Associated Press reports.

Defense lawyers have said they believed forensic evidence will show that any encounter was consensual.



He was greeted outside the court by a group of women in maid uniforms shouting “Shame on you!”


He was accompanied to the court by his wife, journalist Anne Sinclair, who seems to be standing by her husband.

The next hearing is set for July 18. He is facing up-to 25 years in prison if found guilty of the charges.

Before the scandal the ex-IMF chief was considered to be leading contender against French president Nicolas Sarkozy in the upcoming 2012 presidential election in France.


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