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Strauss-Kahn To Cool His Heels For A While, Attorney Confident They'll Beat This Thing

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who's been in a bit of hot water since Saturday, when he allegedly sexually assaulted a maid at his hotel, is being held without bail. DSK's lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, had requested his client be granted permission to post $1 million, but the judge sided with the prosecution, based on the accused's "resources, the lack of an extradition treaty between the United States and France and the defendant’s history." Brafman, who has defended Michael Jackson, P. Diddy, Jay-Z, and Plaxico Burress, may however have some news that could turn that frown, left, upside down, as he's claiming DSK has an airtight alibi.

France's RMC radio said the lawyers had pieced together Strauss-Kahn's movements and found that he left the hotel at midday, after paying his bill and handing in his key, then went to eat with his daughter and took a taxi to the airport. The schedule meant he had already left the hotel at the time the maid alleged he chased her down a corridor, forced her into a room and assaulted her, RMC reported on its website, adding that the lawyers had material evidence and witnesses.

In related news, a spokesman for the NYPD has clarified: "We said initially that [the attacks] was around 1PM, but in fact it was closer to noon.”

Strauss-Kahn Lawyers See Alibi in Sex Case [Reuters]
Judge Denies Bail to I.M.F. Chief in Sexual Assault Case [NYT]
Dominique Strauss-Kahn Has Alibi, French Media Report [Forbes]