NY police question IMF head in hotel sex assault

May 14, 2011 - 8:15 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — The head of the International Monetary Fund has been taken into custody by New York City police and is being questioned in connection with a sexual assault of a hotel maid.

NYPD top spokesman Paul Browne says Dominique Strauss-Kahn was pulled off an Air France flight to Paris on Saturday afternoon at John F. Kennedy International Airport after he left the Manhattan hotel.

Strauss-Kahn, the managing director of the IMF, has not been charged.

The 32-year-old maid tells police that she entered Strauss-Kahn's room at 1 p.m. Saturday and said that he tried to sexually assault her. The maid fled the room and called police.

Browne says Strauss-Kahn left his cellphone and other personal items in his room at the Sofitel near Times Square.