Saturday, May 21, 2011

Strauss-Kahn hidden inside New York safe house

(Reuters) - Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn spent his first night out of jail since his arrest on attempted rape charges, inside a Manhattan safe house on Saturday, well-hidden from the media gathered outside.

Held under round-the-clock armed guard after being freed on bail on Friday, Strauss-Kahn, 62, was expected to stay in the apartment in New York's financial district for a few days until a more permanent home can be found for him during what are likely to be lengthy legal proceedings.

Strauss-Kahn, charged with trying to rape a hotel maid on May 14, ran into trouble finding housing when an apartment on the city's Upper East Side leased by his wife was besieged by the media, and the deal fell through.

His temporary housing was arranged by a private security company that is keeping him under armed guard and electronic monitoring as conditions of his bail. Prosecutors estimated the cost at $200,000 a month, which he is responsible for paying.



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