Strauss-Kahn dines out after release from house arrest
Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn dined late Friday with his wife at an Italian restaurant after he was freed from house arrest following a new twist in his sexual assault case.
Strauss-Kahn and Anne Sinclair were seen by an AFP correspondent with another couple at Scalinatella, an Italian restaurant located in the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
According to Silvia Grottola, a Canadian who was inside the establishment, during their dinner, Strauss-Kahn and his wife were recognized and greeted by a couple who dined at a table nearby.
The couple approached and shook the hands of the former International Monetary Fund chief and his spouse.
Earlier Friday, a judge freed Strauss-Kahn from house arrest after prosecutors said the maid accusing him of sexual assault lied to a grand jury.
A smiling Strauss-Kahn, 62, appeared as if a large weight had been lifted off his shoulders as he left the frenzied atmosphere of the packed Manhattan courtroom, his arm affectionately draped on his wife's shoulder.
Strauss-Kahn, whose $1 million bail and $5 million bond will now be returned, is free to travel anywhere in the United States, though authorities will keep his passport, pending possible trial.
The restrictive bail conditions -- including wearing an ankle monitor, limited outings and being confined to a Lower Manhattan townhouse under the watch of armed guards -- were lifted.
Strauss-Kahn and his wife left their temporary home in New York's TriBeCa district at 7:18 pm (2318 GMT).
© 2011 AFP