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Strauss-Kahn's sexist row with hostess

DOMINIQUE Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the IMF accused of attempted rape, was reported yesterday to have made suggestive comments to an airline stewardess just minutes before he was arrested on board an Air France jet.

Fresh allegations about the behaviour of Mr Strauss-Kahn emerged as the apartment building where he is staying on bail became an unlikely tourist attraction.

Crowds of holidaymakers gathered outside the building on New York's Broadway while guides on passing tour buses told customers: "On your right is the building where the French guy accused of attempted rape is staying."

Two more employees at the Sofitel hotel, where Mr Strauss-Kahn allegedly attacked a maid on May 14, are also thought to have told investigators he made advances on them after checking in. A French newspaper has claimed Mr Strauss-Kahn complimented the bottom of a stewardess on the Air France jet from which he was removed before take-off for Paris.

He faced further allegations of impropriety at the IMF, including claims a married administrative worker was pressured into having sex with him. Mr Strauss-Kahn (62) who resigned as IMF boss last week, has been indicted on seven charges relating to the alleged attack in his suite at the Sofitel. His wife, Anne Sinclair, a wealthy heiress, bailed him out of Rikers Island prison with $1m (€700,000) from her bank account and a $5m (€3.5m) bond guaranteed against the couple's house in Washington, which she owns.

Mr Srauss-Kahn "vigorously" denies all charges. He is due to appear in court on June 6. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent