This Is Where Strauss-Kahn Won't Be Under House Arrest

The Bristol Plaza's high-end apartments come with kitchenware and, of course, maid service

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Update 11:15 a.m.: NBC New York is now reporting that Dominique Strauss-Kahn has nowhere to go when he's released from Rikers Island because the Bristol Plaza arrangements have "fallen through." Now, he may have to spend another night at Rikers. Here is the update they just posted:

Dominique Strauss-Kahn's wife is scrambling to find a New York apartment that can be used for her husband's home confinement while out on bail, a source familiar with the case said.

NBC New York first reported that Anne Sinclair had rented an apartment at the luxurious Bristol Plaza on East 65th Street. But that has fallen through for use as a place for her husband to stay, the source said.

According to a report in the New York Post, Sinclair had rented the apartment without mentioning Strauss-Kahn's name. When the Bristol's management discovered who their new tenant's husband was, they killed the deal.

Original story: Dominique Strauss Kahn is due to be released from Rikers Island jail sometime today, and he'll travel straight to an apartment on the Upper East Side where he'll live throughout the remainder of the sexual abuse case against him. The former director of the International Monetary Fund gained his freedom on Thursday on some hefty conditions: He'll post $1 million cash bail, take out a $5 million insurance bond guaranteeing his return, and will be confined to an apartment under 24-hour armed guard at his expense. A report on WNYC said guards usually go for $60 to $80 an hour.

He's going to be moving into the Bristol Plaza, a high-end tower on East 65th Street and Third Avenue described on its Web site as "better than a hotel." A condo in the building is currently on sale for about $8.2 million, and Curbed reported in February that one was going at the same address for $23.5 million. Strauss-Kahn's is a rental, which The Real Deal says can go from $8,800 per month for a studio to $14,200 per month. Oh, and there's a daily maid service.

The place offers furnished apartments complete with kitchenware, linnens, soaking tubs, flat-screen televisions and safes.

Details of exact nature of Strauss-Kahn's confinement haven't been released, but his attorney, William Taylor, described it as "the most restrictive possible condition." Whether that means he'll get to use the pool and gym inside the Bristol Plaza, we don't know.

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