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Former IMF Chief Under House Arrest In Posh Manhattan Condo

Former International Monetary Fund Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn is under house arrest in lower Manhattan Monday. A resident of 71 Broadway offered him an apartment after plans for Strauss-Kahn to move into the posh Upper East Side Bristol Plaza Condos fell through at the last minute, Friday, after posting the $6 million in bail money that released him from the bars of Rikers Island.

Strauss-Kahn stands accused of sexually assaulting a 32-year-old maid at the Hotel Sofitel May 14th. He tried to leave the U.S. that day, but was apprehended by authorities while on the tarmac at J.F.K. Airport, in a first-class seat on an Air France jet, after calling the Hotel Sofitel where the alleged attack occured, to report he'd left his cell phone and some personal belongings behind.

Of the alleged attack, the woman says Strauss-Kahn held her against her will in his penthouse suite, and forced her to perform oral sex on him. DNA evidence has been collected and is being processed by authorities. On Wednesday Strauss-Kahn resigned from his position as head of the International Monetary Fund, in a short letter that also professed his innocence. Celebrity defense attorney Benjamin Brafman continues to represent Strauss-Kahn and denies charges of any wrongdoing.

The 71 Broadway address in which Strauss-Kahn is currently under house arrest is guarded by armed security guards which he's required to pay, to the tune of $200,000 a month. While remaining under electronic monitoring, Strauss-Kahn and his wife are expected to vacate this location and move to a more permanent "house arrest" location sometime this week. Currently he's only allowed to leave the temporary apartment for a medical emergency. House arrest rules stipulate that he remain at the permanent apartment under certain conditions, including: being under curfew from 10pm to 6am, only being allowed a maximum of four non-family visitors at a time, and only being allowed to leave the apartment to see his attorney, to see a doctor, to go to court, or to go to synagogue.

According to law enforcement sources close to the investigation, two additional receptionists at the hoel Strauss-Kahn stayed in at teh time of the attack have also come forward to report flirtations invitations on his behalf to share a cocktail with the disgraced IMF chief. There is an additional report a flight attendant on the Air France flight he boarded also was the subject of Strauss-Kahn's verbal flirtation, after he allegedly commented out loud on one of her body parts.

The International Monetary Fund is scheduled to begin accepting nominations for a new chief today. The frontrunner is Christine Lagarde, the current French Finance Minister. If selected, she'd be the first female head of the IMF in its 60 year history. The IMF hopes to complete its selection process by the end of June.

If convicted of the charges against him, Strauss-Kahn could face up to 25 years in prison. Prior to his arrest and Friday's indictment, he was expected to be the Socialst party frontrunner in France to replace Nicholas Sarkozy as France's next president.

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