Narrative of Strauss-Kahn’s Arrest

June 17, 2011  |  

(Wall Street Journal) — As he was arrested on suspicion of sexually attacking a hotel maid, former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn asked to use the bathroom, complained about his handcuffs and told police he had diplomatic immunity, a court document filed Thursday said.  “Is that necessary?” Mr. Strauss-Kahn, 62 years old, asked a Port Authority police detective as he was handcuffed at John F. Kennedy International Airport at about 5 p.m. on May 14, some five hours after the French politician allegedly assaulted a maid in his suite at the Sofitel hotel in Manhattan.  “Yes it is,” Detective Diwan Maharaj responded.  “I have diplomatic immunity,” Mr. Strauss-Kahn told him, adding shortly afterward: “Can I speak with someone from the French consulate? What is this about?”

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