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 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 -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.
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