04 Jun '11, 2am

Strauss-Kahn expected to plead not guilty

Strauss-Kahn expected to plead not guilty

NEW YORK: Dominique Strauss-Kahn is expected to plead not guilty on Monday to charges that he tried to rape a New York hotel maid, formally launching what could be a bruising campaign to clear his name. After a humiliating fall from grace, the former IMF chief, touted before the scandal as the likely next president of France, faces arraignment before Judge Michael Obus in New York State Supreme Court on seven sex crime counts. Although Strauss-Kahn has repeatedly said through his lawyers that he is innocent, Monday is due to be the first time the silver-haired, 62-year-old tells the court himself. A guilty verdict on all counts could in theory see Strauss-Kahn sentenced to more than 74 years in prison, although the likely term would be much shorter. But whatever the outcome of the trial, which will probably not start for months, Strauss-Kahn has already seen his reputation...

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