Strauss-Kahn begins life in golden cage

2011-05-21 10:04

New York - For a man of expensive tastes, Dominique Strauss-Kahn must have felt right back at home on transferring out of prison to an elegant building in the heart of Manhattan. At least unless he tried taking a stroll.

Moved on bail from Rikers Island jail where he'd been held four nights on sex assault charges, the former International Monetary Fund chief found himself late on Friday in the surreal conditions of luxury house arrest.

His golden cage is at 71 Broadway, an apartment building right between the epic New York landmarks of Ground Zero and Wall Street. The historic Trinity church is next door and the bargain fashion store Century 21 just up the road.

But Strauss-Kahn, arrested on May 14 on charges of trying to rape a Manhattan hotel maid, cannot go a step beyond his door.

Even if he could, he probably wouldn't dare.

Neighbours


Hordes of journalists besieged the entrance flanked by four marble columns and sculptured eagles. Satellite TV trucks lined up in a high-tech traffic jam along the sidewalk.

And residents, who enjoy apartments with high ceilings, a rooftop terrace for barbecues and a private gym, were hardly welcoming their notorious new neighbour.

"I'm a little shocked," a well-dressed man said as he took in the news and the media circus outside. "This is surreal."

Although police threw up metal barricades to keep sidewalks clear, reporters rushed at dazed residents entering or leaving.

Gemma Harding, a glamorous looking young woman who emerged dressed up for a night out in white dress and white fake fur, tried to run in her high heels from the blinding camera lights. Relentlessly, the media cornered her.

"I don't like it, I find it a little bit scary," she said, dazzled.

Nicole Mitrovic, a 23-year-old working in insurance and just coming back from a yoga session when she heard the news, was appalled.

Humiliating downfall

Like most New Yorkers she had followed the wall-to-wall coverage of Strauss-Kahn's humiliating downfall.

"I don't feel too great about this. Is he under watch? As a female I feel a bit worried for my well being," Mitrovic said. "I'll keep my eyes open."

There is little chance that Mitrovic or any of her co-residents will bump into Strauss-Kahn, who denies all charges against him but was only granted bail on the most stringent conditions.

If he tries to leave his apartment, he'll immediately find his way blocked by an armed guard.

He'll also be caught on video camera - and that's before the GPS unit attached to him alerts more security guards that he is attempting to leave.

Things will actually get better for Strauss-Kahn in a few days when he is moved to another, more permanent lodging to wait out what's expected to be a trial process of many months.

Right now he is allowed out only for medical reasons.

Read more on:    imf  |  dominique strauss-kahn
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
6 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Thursday Langa - 06:21 AM
    Road name: N2 Inbound
    DELAYS between Duinefontein Road and the Bhunga Avenue exit
  • Thursday Delft - 06:17 AM
    Road name: Hindle Road Westbound
    DELAYS approaching the R300 Highway
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Escape winter, head to Mauritius

Escape winter by spending 7 nights in Mauritius' tropical bliss from R13 215 per person sharing. Includes return flights, airport transfers and accommodation. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Get many eggs in one basket!

Gaming bundles: 2 Super Hits games for R99, 3 Disney games for R99 and more + exclusive accessory bundles only available on kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

25% off bestselling books!

The Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Jeffrey Archer’s Be Careful What You Wish for, Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frank and many more titles. Shop now!

Up to 25% off electronics

Buy top electronics and save up to 25%. Such as kalahari.com’s 1# selling product the gobii eReader, Patriot X Porter flash drive, Asus Nexus 7” 3G tablet, Samsung Galaxy SIII, Lenovo G580 Notebook and many more. Shop now!

DStv HD PVR Decoder now R949

The DStv HD PVR Decoder has further revolutionised the television experience with lifelike viewing, sharper images, more vibrant colours and precision picture quality. Now R949, save R550. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off appliances & homeware

Save up to 30% on appliances and homeware this Easter! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Samsung Galaxy Note 16GB

GALAXY Note combines the market's largest HD Super AMOLED display,...

From R3899.00

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You may be required to travel or get information for your job. This may be restricting in some way or something may slow things...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.