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IMF chief placed under house arrest

The media gather Friday at the Manhattan apartment where former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn is under house arrest.

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The media gather Friday at the Manhattan apartment where former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn is under house arrest.

NEW YORK — Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was released from jail Friday and will be held under house arrest near ground zero after the luxury apartment where he had arranged to stay fell through because neighbors objected to the media frenzy.

Prosecutors said he will be temporarily housed in a building on a small street in lower Manhattan within the Police Department's "Ring of Steel" — a network of private and police cameras near where the World Trade Center stood.

While he is there, his family and lawyers will look for a more permanent place for him to await trial on charges he tried to rape a hotel maid.

The original plan was for Strauss-Kahn to move into a luxury residential hotel under armed guard on Manhattan's well-to-do Upper East Side. Even though the address was never officially released, police and reporters soon converged on the building, the Bristol Plaza.

"Last night there was an effort by the media to invade the building," Strauss-Kahn attorney William Taylor said. "That is why the tenants in the building will not accept his living there."

Late in the day, after the snag over where the banker would serve his house arrest had been resolved, Strauss-Kahn was released from the city's Rikers Island jail on $1 million cash bail. The 62-year-old former managing director of the powerful International Monetary Fund had been behind bars since Saturday.

During his time in temporary housing in lower Manhattan, at least one armed guard will be watching him at all times, and he must wear a monitoring bracelet.

Strauss-Kahn is accused of attacking a 32-year-old housekeeper in his hotel suite. She told police he emerged naked from the bathroom, chased her down and forced her to perform oral sex. He has denied the allegations.

IMF chief placed under house arrest 05/20/11 [Last modified: Saturday, May 21, 2011 12:00am]

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