arrested for sex crimes in NYC. Strauss-Kahn is not only in charge of the IMF, but was a leading candidate for President of France as a Socialist in the next election.
In 2007, Tristane Banon, a French journalist and writer, accused Strauss-Kahn of attempting to rape her in 2002, but she did not press charges.
In 2008, an independent investigator was appointed following allegations of an affair with a subordinate, whom he later made redundant and assisted in getting a new job. Three charges were proven over an affair with economist Piroska Nagy, who was married at the time to Mario Blejer. As a result of the affair, Strauss-Khan was forced to issue a public apology, while Le Journal du Dimanche dubbed him "le grand séducteur" (the Great Seducer).
Wikinews has related news: IMF head to appear at New York court after alleged hotel sex attack
On 14 May 2011, police officers removed Strauss-Kahn from an Air France flight to Paris at New York's JFK airport moments before takeoff, and arrested him for allegedly sodomizing a hotel maid in his room at the midtown Sofitel New York Hotel shortly before leaving for the airport. He was held at a police precinct overnight and charged with "a criminal sexual act, attempted rape, and unlawful imprisonment". Kurt Taylor Gaubatz, an Old Dominion University associate professor, wrote that the IMF's limited form of diplomatic immunity known as "acts immunity," probably doesn't apply inasmuch as it "only covers actions taken in the course of his duties". The U.S. federal International Organizations Immunities Act has an exemption that is similar to the IMF's rules, limiting immunity to official activities. Strauss-Kahn's lawyer said he will plead not guilty.
The IMF announced on 15 May 2011 that, in light of the charges, First Managing Director John Lipsky would temporarily replace Strauss-Kahn as the IMF's CEO.
Strauss-Kahn has four daughters and is currently married to his third wife, the American-born French journalist Anne Sinclair. The couple have a holiday home in Marrakesh, Morocco.
As the forgoing demonstrates, Republican senators, although still in the lead, are not the only ones ethically challenged. Perhaps the strain of simultaneously being an economist, a banker, and a Socialist politician finally caught up with him.