IMF Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn Charged With Rape, Sexual Abuse, Unlawful Imprisonment

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Emergency Medical Service responded to the location and transported the female to a local hospital where she was treated and released.

Law enforcement officials said that at some point after the maid had informed the hotel and police of Strauss-Kahn's alleged crimes he called the hotel to get his phone back.

A hotel security official asked for his location in order to return it, and then passed on his location at JFK to the authorities.

"It appeared he left in a hurry," Browne said.

Authorities said the hotel maid's account "is credible."

Strauss-Kahn is a father of four and is married to his third wife, American-born French television journalist Anne Sinclair.

"I do not believe for a single second the accusations leveled against my husband," said Sinclair in a statement translated from French. She is appealing for "restraint and decency" while investigations take place.

Strauss-Kahn took over as head of the IMF in November 2007.

This incident is not his first brush with controversy during his tenure.

In 2008 Strauss-Kahn had an affair with a Hungarian economist and later admitted he made an "error of judgment." For years he has had a reputation in France as a ladies' man, and has been nicknamed "the great seducer."

William Murray, an IMF spokesman, told ABC News that First Deputy Managing Director John Lipsky will be acting chief while Strauss-Kahn is away. Lipsky had recently announced his plans to forgo seeking a second term and resign when his term ends Aug. 31, 2011.

The IMF released a statement on its website Sunday acknowledging Strauss-Kahn's arrest.

"IMF Managing Director Strauss-Kahn was arrested in New York City. Mr. Strauss-Kahn has retained legal counsel, and the IMF has no comment on the case; all inquiries will be referred to his personal lawyer and to the local authorities. The IMF remains fully functioning and operational," Caroline Atkinson, Director of External Relations at the International Monetary Fund said in a statement.

According to senior police officials Strauss-Kahn has no diplomatic immunity, despite his position with the IMF, which makes him technically an administrative official with the United Nations.

Strauss-Kahn was in New York on private business when the incident allegedly occurred, so any diplomatic immunity would apparently not apply in the case.

Michael Murray contributed to this report.

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