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Egyptian exec faces sex abuse charges at N.Y. hotel

NEW YORK — A businessman and former chairman of a major Egyptian bank faces charges of sexually assaulting a maid at a luxury Manhattan hotel just weeks after the arrest of a former International Monetary Fund chief on similar allegations.

Mahmoud Abdel Salam Omar, 74, was arrested on Monday and is accused of sexually assaulting the maid at the Pierre hotel, near Central Park and Fifth Avenue on the Upper East Side, police said.

The maid was called to Omar's room Sunday evening to drop off tissues, police said. But once inside, police said, Omar would not let her leave and touched her inappropriately. Omar was arrested on charges of sexual abuse, unlawful imprisonment, forcible touching and harassment.

Omar is board chairman of the El-Mex Salines Co., a state-run salt production company, its website said. He is former chairman of Egypt's Bank of Alexandria.

Omar's arrest comes about two weeks after former IMF leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn was charged with sexually assaulting a maid at the Sofitel hotel. Strauss-Kahn has denied the allegations and awaits trial on attempted rape charges under house arrest.

Egyptian exec faces sex abuse charges at N.Y. hotel 05/31/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 10:50pm]
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