Wednesday 24 January 2018

DSK moved to trendy Tribeca home under new bail rules

A police car stands in front of the Manhattan town house where Dominique Strauss-Kahn is under house arrest. Photo: AP
A police car stands in front of the Manhattan town house where Dominique Strauss-Kahn is under house arrest. Photo: AP reporters

Former IMF chief and French presidential contender Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been moved about a mile from the New York penthouse where he had been staying to a stately red brick town home in the fashionable Tribeca district.

The building, which has five bathrooms, is located on a cobblestone street in one of Manhattan's most exclusive neighbourhoods. It also is close to the courthouse where he will attend hearings.

William Taylor, his lawyer, said he was "doing fine" under house arrest. "Not much he can do," Mr Taylor said.

Mr Strauss-Kahn is free on $1m bail and under strict house arrest after prosecutors feared he might be a flight risk given his international status and wealth.

He spent about a week in jail on Rikers Island after he was arrested May 14 following accusations that he sexually assaulted a hotel maid in his room at the Sofitel near Manhattan's Times Square. His lawyers maintain he is not guilty.

Bail plans hit a problem late last week when tenants at the Upper East Side apartment building initially secured for his house arrest refused to accept him because of unwanted media attention.

He was briefly housed at a high-rise near Wall Street, where a throng of media has been camped out at the building, broadcasting as his wife, former journalist Anne Sinclair, entered and left the building.

Mr Strauss-Kahn is monitored by armed guards and wears an electronic bracelet, and his movements are recorded on camera. He will be allowed out for court, doctor's visits and religious services.

Prosecutors must be notified at least six hours before he goes anywhere, and he can't be out between 10pm and 6am. Under his terms of house arrest, he can receive up to four visitors at a time besides family.

His new home was advertised for $50,000 (€35,000) a month in an online listing from Town Residential. It was elsewhere listed for sale at $13,995,000 (€9.9m).

The town house includes a state-of-the-art theatre, gym, spa and four bathrooms with steam showers. It was recently renovated "with only the finest materials and craftsmanship," according to the listing.

The living room has an oversized skylight and fireplace. A large terrace includes potted plants, a gas grill and Japanese paper walls for privacy

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