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Dominique Strauss-Kahn

In 2007, French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn became the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund. He courted controversy by proposing that the dollar be replaced as the world’s reserve currency, and he was considered a leading contender for the French presidency in 2012. However, it all changed on May 14, 2011, when a maid at the Sofitel New York Hotel claimed that he sexually assaulted her.

Strauss-Kahn was removed from an Air France flight at Kennedy Airport and arrested that same day, moments before the plane would have taken off and flown him back to France. Two days later, he was charged with multiple felony counts, and if he’s convicted of all of them, he could be sentenced to almost 75 years in prison. He resigned his post at the IMF on May 18, 2011, and he has since pleaded not guilty to all of the charges against him.

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