IMF Chief under suicide watch; intense pressure to quit

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New York, May 18: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is a distressed man after being cornered in a sexual assault case in a New York hotel. Presently housed in the Rikers Island jail, his bail plea was rejected after the hotel maid identified him as the attacker in a police parade. The guards in jail are apparently keeping a close watch on the high profile person to ward off a suicide attempt.

The identity of the maid was not disclosed keeping in mind the person involved in it. But reports emerged divulging the identity of the maid who is a 32 year old immigrant from Guinea and has a 15 year old daughter. The lady was unaware of who the perpetrator of the attack was when she reported the matter to fellow hotel staff.

Jeffrey Shapiro, the maid"s attorney was quoted as saying to news agencies, “There is no way in which there is any aspect of this event which could be construed consensual in any manner. This is nothing other than a physical, sexual assault by this man on this young woman. She did not know who this man was until a day or two after this took place."

With global pressure mounting on him to quit the plump post, Kahn also seem to have spoilt his chances to run for the 2012 French Presidential elections. But his supporters have argued that this case could be a possible set-up hampering his chances of being the French Premier. His lawyers are also backing the case mentioning that there is no evidence of forcible sex.

Shapiro speaking for the maid, however ruled out any foul play in the accusations and said, “Her life has now been turned upside down. She can't go home. She can't go back to work. She has no idea what her future will be, what she will be able to do to support herself and her daughter. This has been nothing short of a cataclysmic event in her life."

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