NEW YORK, May 14 (UPI) -- International Monetary Fund official Dominique Strauss-Kahn was detained Saturday after being accused of sexually assaulting a hotel maid, authorities said.
Strauss-Kahn, who also was expected to run for president of France on the Socialist ticket, was taken in custody just before he was to fly to Paris from John F. Kennedy International Airport, authorities told The New York Time.
The IMF managing director allegedly had brutally attacked an employee at the Sofitel hotel in Manhattan earlier in the day, the authorities said.
A spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said Strauss-Kahn was removed from Air France Flight 23 by plainclothes port authority officers about 4:45 p.m. EDT and turned over to city police detectives.
Strauss-Kahn, 62, who has been the IMF's managing director since Sept. 28, 2007, is married to a television news reporter, the Times said.
In 2008, he was accused of having had a sexual relationship with a subordinate, Piroska Nagy, a senior official in the monetary fund's Africa department. She left the IMF and Strauss-Kahn later apologized for an "error in judgment," the Times said.