Former IMF Chief Strauss-Kahn Appears In Court

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was formally indicted Thursday, prosecutors announced. He's charged with sexually assaulting a maid in a New York hotel. Michele Norris talks to NPR's Joel Rose for the latest.

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been granted bail by a New York court, but the legal situation for the former head of the International Monetary Fund has not improved. Shortly before bail was granted, Strauss-Kahn was indicted on sex charges.

NPR's Joel Rose joins us now outside the state Supreme Court in Manhattan.

And, Joel, tell us about the indictment.

JOEL ROSE: The grand jury indicted Strauss-Kahn on seven counts. The most serious are criminal sexual act in the first degree and attempted rape in the first degree, and there are a number of others.

NORRIS: Now, Strauss-Kahn was denied bail on Monday. What was different today? Why was he granted bail in this case?

ROSE: The defense essentially promised that Strauss-Kahn would stay under house arrest with 24-hour surveillance, and he would remain under house arrest 24 hours a day in Manhattan. And in addition, he's going to put up a million dollars in cash and a $5 million bond, an insurance bond. So the judge said that he was satisfied with those conditions.

NORRIS: And he's been granted bail. Has he also been released now?

ROSE: We understand from the defense attorney that Strauss-Kahn one more night at Rikers Island jail, but the defense for Strauss-Kahn says he is relieved. He will not have to be back in court until June 6th. That is when Strauss-Kahn is expected to plead not guilty to the charges.

NORRIS: That's NPR's Joel Rose speaking to us from New York.

Joel, thank you very much.

ROSE: My pleasure.

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