It's not a pleasant Monday for Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the IMF chief arrested Saturday in connection with an alleged sexual assault of a hotel maid. The Frenchman has agreed to a scientific forensic investigation, in which prosecutors will obtain DNA evidence on his skin or beneath his fingernails to back up the maid's account that Strauss-Kahn emerged naked from his hotel bathroom Sunday, chased her down a hallway, pulled her into a bedroom and attempted to rape her. The evidence could prove decisive, as the Wall Street Journal now reports that detectives have recovered DNA evidence at the scene of the alleged assault. The IMF, meanwhile, has named John Lipsky, a former U.S. Treasury executive and JP Morgan banker, to replace Strauss-Kahn as acting managing director.
Interestingly, Strauss-Kahn's lawyers say they have proof that he was having lunch at a restaurant with his daughter at the time of the alleged assault. According to France's RMC radio, the lawyers have reconstructed his day, saying he checked out of his hotel midday, returned his key, dined with his daughter and taxied to the airport. If the schedule is accurate, it would serve as an alibi because he would've been gone at the time the maid accused him of assaulting her.