Strauss-Kahn did not flee hotel: defense lawyer

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IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn did not flee his hotel after an alleged assault but was rushing to a lunch appointment with a witness who will testify to that affect, his defense lawyer said Monday.

"The reason he was rushing was because he had a luncheon appointment and the person he had lunch with will testify," Strauss-Kahn's lawyer Benjamin Brafman told the court.

But the judge on Monday ordered the IMF chief detained, two days after he was pulled off a plane and accused of trying to rape a Manhattan hotel chambermaid.

Police had said Saturday that Strauss-Kahn appeared to have left the luxury Sofitel hotel in a hurry because he left behind his mobile phone and some personal belongings.

But Brafman said the IMF chief's flight aboard Air France had been booked long before Saturday events. "This isn't someone who was about to board a plane to flee a crime scene," he said.

© 2011 AFP

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