Ex-IMF leader remains in pricey, temporary NY digs

May 22, 2011 - 3:29 AM
IMF Leader Assault

Reporters wait outside a building in downtown Manhattan where the former head of the International Monetary Fund Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who was granted bail, is staying under house arrest Saturday, May 21, 2011 on charges he tried to rape a hotel maid. (AP Photo/David Karp)

NEW YORK (AP) — With armed guards and cameras watching his every move, former IMF leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn remains holed up in a pricey New York City high-rise while he awaits a more permanent location for house arrest in his sexual assault case.

The onetime French presidential contender has been living in the lower Manhattan skyscraper since his release Friday from Rikers Island on $1 million bail.

Right now, the 62-year-old financier isn't allowed out at all, but after he's moved, he can leave for court, doctor visits and weekly religious services. Prosecutors must be notified before he goes anywhere —and he must foot the roughly $200,000-a-month security bill.

Strauss-Kahn is accused of sexually assaulting a 32-year-old housekeeper last weekend in his $3,000-a-night hotel suite but has denied the allegations. He's scheduled for arraignment on June 6.