New NYC house-arrest spot chosen for ex-IMF leader

NEW YORK - (AP) - A new, more permanent location has been foundfor Dominique Strauss-Kahn's house arrest while the formerInternational Monetary Fund leader awaits trial in his attemptedrape case, court officials said Wednesday. Office of Court Administration spokesman David Bookstaver didnot specify where the new housing would be or when the one-timeFrench presidential contender would be moved. He said the judge hadagreed to the new location. Attorneys in the case filed courtpapers Wednesday, but the judge did not immediately release them. Strauss-Kahn attorney Benjamin Brafman would not comment. TheManhattan District Attorney's Office has said previously it willnot comment. Strauss-Kahn is free on $1 million bail and under house arrestin a temporary apartment in lower Manhattan. He was jailed forabout a week after he was arrested May 14 following accusationsthat he sexually assaulted a hotel maid in his room at the Sofitelnear Manhattan's Times Square. His lawyers maintain Strauss-Kahn isnot guilty. Another Strauss-Kahn lawyer, William Taylor, told reportersWednesday that his client was "doing fine" under house arrest. "Not much he can do," Taylor said. Bail plans hit a snag late last week when tenants at the UpperEast Side apartment building secured for his house arrest refusedto accept him because of unwanted media attention. He has beenhoused since then near Wall Street, in a high-rise building withinthe NYPD's ring of steel, a network of private and police cameras.A throng of media has been camped out at the building, broadcastingas his wife, former journalist Anne Sinclair, enters and leaves thebuilding. Strauss-Kahn, who has no prior criminal record, is monitored byarmed guards and wears an electronic bracelet, and his movementsare recorded on camera. He is not allowed out of the building, butwhen he is moved to a more permanent location, he will be allowedout for court, doctor's visits and religious services. Prosecutorsmust be notified at least six hours before he goes anywhere. Hecan't be out between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Under his terms of housearrest, he can receive up to four visitors at a time besidesfamily. Strauss-Kahn was pulled from a jetliner bound for Paris afterthe 32-year-old West African immigrant reported the encounter tohotel staff. She told police she entered his room around noon andhe emerged from the bathroom naked, and then chased her around hisluxury suite before grabbing her and forcing her to perform oralsex on him. Earlier this week, people familiar with the investigation toldThe Associated Press that evidence found on the woman's workclothing matched Strauss-Kahn's DNA.

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