Dominique Strauss-Kahn Rents $50K-a-Month TriBeCa Pad

For a socialist, Dominique Strauss-Kahn sure knows how to live it up, even while awaiting trial. The former head of the International Monetary Fund and alleged sex offender, who just last week was on suicide watch in a New York prison, moved into a 6,800 square-foot, $50,000-a-month townhouse in the posh neighborhood of TriBeCa last night. Pretty swanky digs for house arrest, oui?

Earlier this month, Strauss-Kahn was arrested and charged with sexual assault after a New York hotel maid claimed that the 62-year-old economist accosted her in the nude, and forced her to perform oral sex. Strauss-Kahn was held at New York's Rikers Island jail until his wife, Anne Sinclair, paid the $1 million bail that allows him to await trial from the comforts of home.

Listed for sale at just under $14 million, the three-story townhouse is the most expensive rental in the affluent downtown neighborhood. Among the amenities not usually available to those under arrest: 27-foot-wide floor plans, a motion-controlled theater, personal gym, a spa steam bath, nanny suite (perfect for his armed security guards) and a large planted terrace with "a Japanese paper glass wall." In the past, the ultra-luxe pad has attracted such celebrity looky-loos as Cameron Diaz and Alex Rodriguez, who viewed the listing last year, according to the New York Post.

But with the admission of its latest tenant, it doesn't seem likely that the star power couple -- or any high-profile celebs, for that matter -- will be sniffing around the property any time soon.

This is not the first posh home that Strauss-Kahn has sought refuge in since the allegations emerged. The IMF big-wig was invited by a leaseholder to stay at 71 Broadway last week, a deluxe apartment building in the Financial District. But when other tenants caught wind of the French lothario's presence – and the ensuing media circus that followed him – the building manager promptly released an apologetic letter, stating that Strauss-Kahn would be gone the following week.

And while the listing agents for Strauss-Kahn's new pad would not return our calls, TriBeCa locals were more than willing to voice their opinions about their new neighbor.

"This is going to be awful," neighbor Jen Cecero told the New York Post. "They should send him back to jail."

Another local, who witnessed the traffic-clogging cavalcade of police officers and photographers that descended upon the neighborhood as Strauss-Kahn entered the building, had a more direct message: "Pig!," she yelled at the French economist, who reportedly turned to scowl.

Strauss-Kahn is scheduled for a June 6th court date and could face up to 25 years in prison if convicted.

And for those who have yet to make Mr. Strauss-Kahn's acquaintance, this photo from a 2009 event sums it up quite nicely.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn

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Margret Guerra

I paid $32.67 for a XBOX 360 and my mom got a 17 inch Toshiba laptop for $94.83 being delivered to our house tomorrow by FedEX. I will never again pay expensive retail prices at stores. I even sold a 46 inch HDTV to my boss for $650 and it only cost me $52.78 to get. Here is the website we using to get all this stuff,

June 02 2011 at 6:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Treated differently? Would U fork out this kind of $$$ for this pad? Would if U could dude. I like spending $$$$. Especially when its somebody elses!!

June 02 2011 at 6:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You all know that in our justice system you are innocent until proven guilty. In this case hehas a right to fair trail as you yourself would want if accused of a crime in such. Do not judge with anger. We as the people where not there when this took place.

June 02 2011 at 10:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


May 28 2011 at 7:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Whether guilty, or not, you have to admit the wealthy/prominent ARE treated differently. The average person accused of such a crime would probably NOT be released. Period.

May 28 2011 at 6:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

he should go back to Israel.

May 27 2011 at 4:18 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Place looks really cold to me. Still a jail cell, he can't go anywhere or do anything. What a shame if he is innocent. He's ruined no matter what happens.

May 27 2011 at 3:05 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
George & Betty

His wife is an idiot, sure reward him for cheating on you again with a posh apartment. They compare her to Diane Sawyer, I don't think so!!! She is a fool in my book, keep bailing him out and later he will do this to you time and time again. Where is her self value?? Don't get me started on Strauss- Kahn is pure scum with a title!!!! To the maid that was assaulted hold your chin up, because his attorney is going to tear you apart!

May 27 2011 at 2:40 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

i know nothin gof him

but any idiot with half a brain can see he is being set up. dont know by who

hey stupid people - think about he is loaded . wht then would he want with a maid .

and he is 62 years old . SET UP

May 27 2011 at 1:50 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

And the point of this is what? M. Strauss-Kahn can afford this rental. M. Strauss-Kahn has been convicted of nothing. Anyone can be accused of anything in this country. We do have a presumption of innocence.These allegations have cost Strauss-Kahn his position, his reputation, have caused he and his family humiliation and noteriaty. Where do people want him to live? Under a bridge?

May 27 2011 at 1:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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