The former head of the International Monetary Fund Dominique Strauss-Kahn, has plead not guilty to the charges he is facing for sexual assault of a 32-year-old hotel housekeeper at Manhattan’s Sofitel hotel on May 14.
The former head of IMF has denied all charges of criminal sexual act, attempted rape, and unlawful imprisonment in connection with the sexual assault, at a brief hearing held at Manhattan Criminal Court on Monday, the New York Post
reported. If convicted, he could face 25 years in prison.
Strauss-Kahn's lawyers say forensic evidence does not support a forcible encounter. "In our judgment, once the evidence has been cleared, it will be clear that there was no element of forcible compulsion in this case whatsoever. Any suggestion to the contrary is simply not credible," said lawyer Ben Brafman.
On the contrary, the hotel housekeeper’s lawyer Kenneth Thompson told reporters after a brief, seven-minute plea hearing on Monday, "She's going to come to the court house, she's going to tell the truth. What she wants is justice."
He continued: "The victim wants you to know that all of Dominique Strauss-Kahn 's power, money, and influence throughout the world will not keep the truth about what he did to her in that hotel room from coming out."
Strauss-Kahn was released on house arrest after securing a $6 million bond and bail deal. The bail allows him to leave the house only to visit his lawyers, attend religious services, for doctor visits or court. He is monitored electronically and by a security team, and is allowed visits from family and a few friends.
The once French presidential hopeful is due back in court on July 8 as he will continue in his campaign to clear his name.