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Members of the New York Hotel Workers Union demonstrate outside Manhattan State Supreme Court against former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn on Monday, June 6, in New York. Strauss-Kahn appeared at a New York court Monday, expected to launch a fight to clear his name by pleading not guilty to charges that he tried to rape a hotel maid. Strauss-Kahn, 62, was one of the most influential people in the global economy and widely considered to be a leading contender for the French presidency until his shocking arrest three weeks ago on an Air France plane about to depart New York for Paris.
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Hotel workers from New York hotels who who were bused in by their union gather at the Manhattan Criminal Courts building before the arrival of Dominique Strauss-Kahn for his arraignment proceedings on charges of sexually assaulting a Manhattan hotel maid on Monday.
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NEW YORK — Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges he sexually assaulted a New York hotel maid in a case that cost him his job and a chance at the French presidency.
Strauss-Kahn, 62, pleaded not guilty in a strong voice at the brief proceeding, standing between his defense team as his wife, journalist Anne Sinclair, watched. Continue reading.