Strauss-Kahn released from house arrest


(JTA) — Dominique Strauss-Kahn was released from house arrest after prosecutors said the hotel maid who accused the former director of the International Monetary Fund of rape lied to a grand jury.

With his July 1 release by a judge from his house arrest in New York, Strauss-Kahn may now travel anywhere in the United States.  He has a home in Washington D.C., where the IMF is located.

Strauss-Kahn resigned as head of the IMF after he was jailed on charges of sexually assaulting a housekeeper at New York’s Sofitel hotel on May 14.

He still faces charges of raping the maid, who reportedly lied to the grand jury about the sequence of events after the alleged attack. The maid also allegedly lied on tax and immigration documents.

Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers have called for all charges against their client to be dropped. They do not deny there was a sexual encounter.

Strauss-Kahn, 62, had been considered a front-runner for the French presidency, the first Jew to hold such a position since World War II.


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