According to the world press, former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has entered a plea of not guilty in charges he sexually assaulted a New York hotel.
Strauss-Kahn arrived at the courthouse with his wife, French television journalist Anne Sinclair, walking beside him. They were flanked by two private security guards.
A group of hotel workers shouted, “Shame on you!” in a show of solidarity with the maid who accuses him of attacking her.
Strauss-Kahn, 62, faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted on charges. He was accused of attacking the maid, an African immigrant, a few hours earlier when she came to clean his suite at the luxury Sofitel hotel in Midtown Manhattan.
The complainant’s lawyer said outside court she “just wants justice”.
Mr Strauss-Kahn spent four days behind bars in Rikers Island prison, before being bailed. The father of four daughters has since been under house arrest and an armed guard, first in a Manhattan apartment and now in a luxurious townhouse rented by his wife in Manhattan’s TriBeCa district. The townhouse has a gym and home cinema.
In France Mr. Strauss-Kahn was considered a potential contender in next year’s presidential elections. Many in France believe that the Socialist party figure has been mistreated.
… asked to enter his plea, Strauss-Kahn told the court clerk, “Not guilty.”
Mr Strauss-Kahn’s next court date is set for 18 July.
Strauss-Kahn left the court, holding his wife’s hand. The pair looked stoic as they strode to a black Ford SUV as hotel workers shouted at him and news photographers took pictures, according to the press.