NEW YORK — Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn spent his first night out of jail since his arrest on attempted-rape charges, inside a Manhattan safe house Saturday, well hidden from the media gathered outside.
Held under round-the-clock armed guard after being freed on bail Friday, Strauss-Kahn, 62, was expected to stay in the apartment in New York’s financial district for a few days until a more permanent home can be found for him during what are likely to be lengthy legal proceedings.
Strauss-Kahn, charged with trying to rape a hotel maid May 14, ran into trouble finding housing when an apartment on the city’s Upper East Side leased by his wife, Anne, was besieged by the media, and the deal fell through. He denies the sexual assault charges and has vowed to prove his innocence.
His temporary housing was arranged by a private security company that is keeping him under armed guard and electronic monitoring as conditions of his bail. Prosecutors estimated the cost at $200,000 a month, which he is responsible for paying.
Television satellite trucks lined the block outside the apartment, with more than a dozen television cameras in position.
He is allowed to leave the apartment only to travel within Manhattan for court appearances, meetings with his lawyers, medical appointments and a weekly religious observance.