Strauss-Kahn pleads not guilty to sexual assault charges

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn pleaded not responsible on Monday to charges he sexually assaulted a New York hotel maid in a case that price him his job and a opportunity at the French presidency.

Wearing a dark suit, Strauss-Kahn arrived at the courthouse with his wife, French television journalist Anne Sinclair, walking beside him, arm-in-arm. They were flanked by two private security guards hired to prevent him from skipping bail.

The couples walk past a throng of media and a large crowd of hotel workers there in solidarity with the female who said Strauss-Kahn attacked her. "Shame on you," they chanted. Strauss-Kahn, 62, faces up to 25 years in prison if convict on charges as well as attempt rape, sex abuse, a criminal sex act, unlawful custody and forcible touching.

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