Strauss-Kahn indicted over alleged sex assault

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A grand jury has indicted former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn on charges related to the alleged sexual assault and attempted rape of New York hotel chambermaid, prosecutors said Thursday.

"An indictment has been voted and filed against the defendant," a prosecutor told a packed New York court minutes after Strauss-Kahn arrived for a new bail hearing.

Strauss-Kahn, who resigned earlier Thursday as head of the International Monetary Fund, faces charges of sexual assault, attempted rape and unlawful imprisonment following the alleged attack Saturday in his luxury hotel suite.

He arrived at court, smiling at his wife, American-born French television journalist Anne Sinclair. He was not wearing either handcuffs or shackles.

Wearing a dark skirt and jacket, Sinclair did not look at the journalists packing the benches as she arrived accompanied by one of Strauss-Kahn's adult daughters.

They are hoping a new bail offer will secure the release pending trial of the 62-year-old Strauss-Kahn from the notorious Rikers Island jail in New York.

A global crowd of more than 100 journalists packed the court room 51 with sketch artists and some reporters allowed into the jury box by judge Michael Obus.

© 2011 AFP

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