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Strauss-Kahn arrest details released in court documents

June 17, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Court documents provided more details about the arrest of former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who is accused of raping a maid in a New York hotel last month.

According to documents filed by prosecutors, Strauss-Kahn claimed to have diplomatic immunity when first taken into custody at John F. Kennedy International Airport on May 14 as he tried to leave on a Paris-bound flight.

The new court documents describe Strauss-Kahn seemingly confused as he is taken into custody.

"What is this about?" Strauss-Kahn repeatedly asked detectives, according to the documents.

He also asked to speak to the French consulate, complained that his handcuffs were tight, and said he would like some eggs when detectives asked whether he was hungry.

Strauss-Kahn is being held under house arrest at a luxury townhouse. He maintains he did not attack the maid at Sofitel hotel.

French politicians and citizens were upset about images of a handcuffed Strauss-Kahn as police walked him in front of a crowd of cameras on May 15 as he was taken from a police precinct to court to face charges of attempted rape and sexual abuse. Such images would be illegal in his French homeland.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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