EX-IMF chief heads to New York court

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Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn left his rented New York home Monday heading to court for a new hearing on charges of sexually assaulting a chambermaid last month.

The 62-year-old, once one of the most influential people in the global economy, is set to plead not guilty to trying to rape the woman in his luxury Manhattan hotel suite on May 14.

He is accused on seven counts, including attempted rape, in what prosecutors say was a brutal assault on a 32-year-old immigrant from west Africa.

AFP photographers saw him leaving his luxury rental house in Manhattan's TriBeCa neighborhood with his wife, former French television journalist, Anne Sinclair.

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