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Ex-IMF chief Strauss–Kahn pleads not guilty

NEW YORK – Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former chief of the International Monetary Fund, was arraigned Monday on sexual assault charges in connection with an incident at a posh New York hotel last month.

Strauss-Kahn, who was considered a front-runner in France’s next presidential race before his arrest, pleaded not guilty. He faces seven charges, including criminal sexual acts and sexual abuse. Authorities say he sexually assaulted a housekeeping em­ployee at New York’s Sofitel hotel on May 14. He faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.

At the 9:30 a.m. ET hearing Monday, defense lawyers will requested from Manhattan prosecutors discovery materials, such copies of scientific reports as well as police reports and formal statements made by the hotel employee, according to a source close to the case. The defense has said that some of that information has already been leaked to the media.

He arrived in court on Monday morning, flocked by reporters, hand in hand with his wife Anne Sinclair, looking sombre and dressed in a dark business suit. A large group of hotel workers jeered him, chanting “shame on you” as he entered the Manhattan courthouse.

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