Saturday 24 February 2018

‘The Great Seducer’ under wife’s full control on $6m bail

Dominique Strauss-Kahn pictured in State Supreme Court for a bail hearing on Thursday. Photo: Getty Images
Dominique Strauss-Kahn pictured in State Supreme Court for a bail hearing on Thursday. Photo: Getty Images

Jon Swaine and reporters

Former IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn was today under lock, key, CCTV cameras and his wife’s vigilant watch at a New York apartment she has rented.

The scandal-ridden banker was bailed out of the notorious Riker’s Island prison in New York to reside at a Manhattan home with his third wife, French journalist, Anne Sinclair and his daughter, graduate student, Camille.

He is under 24-hour armed guard, paid for by his millionaire heiress wife, and has to wear an ankle security tag as conditions of his $1m cash and $5m insurance bail bond.

New York's Supreme Court was told that an indictment has now been handed down against Strauss-Kahn after a grand jury agreed there was enough evidence for a prosecution. He is due to appear in court next month to be arraigned

Anne Sinclair made her first public appearance since arriving in New York to bail him out last night, but to follow procedures he had to stay one last night in jail..

Miss Sinclair, 62, provoked an awed hush from the public benches as she was led down the aisle of room 1324 of New York's supreme court with Camille Strauss-Kahn, her 26-year-old stepdaughter.

Sitting in the front row in a black blazer, grey dress, and pale white tights, she stared dead ahead, ignoring the American TV reporters who fell over each other to give her their business cards.

She gripped and stroked the hand of Miss Strauss-Kahn, whose eyes moistened at several points during last night's bail hearing, at which the 62-year-old former IMF chief was released under house arrest.

Miss Strauss-Kahn, a graduate student at Columbia University, closed her eyes and shook her head when prosecutors said she was a "temporary guest" in America, playing down the significance of her father's US links.

In a dark blue trouser suit, and hooped blue and white jumper, she watched in apparent disbelief as her father was accused of committing unspeakable acts on a 32-year-old chambermaid.

To her left was a young man, thought to be her boyfriend, who in breaks in proceedings read the news on his iPhone.

Judge Michael Obus ruled that while there was "certainly a serious risk" that Mr Strauss-Kahn may try to flee, he should be placed under armed guard in a Manhattan apartment rented by Miss Sinclair.

In addition to the $1 million cash, he must provide a $5 million guarantee, wear an electronic ankle bracelet and be filmed around the clock by CCTV cameras.

As Miss Sinclair stared impassively, Miss Strauss-Kahn raised a small smile.

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