one of the most influential bankers in the world and a possible candidate for the presidency of
is due in court this morning after he was arrested and charged with
at a hotel.
is there. good morning.
good morning. just to give you an idea how powerful he is; he runs the
international monetary fund
that controls a trillion dollars. he travels well and he was in new york this weekend staying at one of the nicest, most expensive suites at one of the nicest hotels in the city. police say inside the sofitel he grabbed a hotel maid, locked the door and
her twice. this morning he's gone from luxury to jail. you may not recognize his face or his name but make no mistake, dominique starauss-
is one of the leaders of the world. as leaderer of the
he lends money to countries in crisis. he was about to run for
president of france
. now, police say, he's a
this is very big because it throws into disarray the leadership of the biggest
in the world.
was staying in a $3,000-a-night suite at manhattan's ritzy sofitel near
. he came out of the shower naked, saw the maid in his room. he allegedly
her on the bed, dragged her to the bathroom and
he intends to defend the charges and denies wrongdoing.
police say he almost got away. officers rushed an
flight over the weekend and yanked
out of his first class seat moments before takeoff. suddenly the world's
was under arrest.
a moment possibly of madness in this hotel as head of the
. the timing couldn't be worse. of course whether he's guilty or not, this is already smeared him.
police say the maid picked
out of a line-up and they have physical evidence including his cell phone left in the
. that's not all.
sources tell nbc news they have recovered bodily fluids, dna from the scene. late sunday night, prosecutors took dna from
himself, looking for a match.
our client willingly consented to a scientific and forensic examination tonight. he's tired but fine.
is married to an american-born journalist, his third wife. he's been involved in
before, dubbed the grand seducer by the
a woman in her 20s accused him of sexualry attacking her, no charges filed. in
add mimitted to an affair at the
. his wife stood by him and now finds herself
stuck in the middle
yet again. in fact, his wife released a statement about the latest case defending him saying, quote, i don't believe for one second the accusations against my husband. matt, we should tell you we are learning more this morning about the hotel maid in this case, the accuser, a 32-year-old
living in the bronx. mr.
will be in court today. meanwhile his job with the
is in jeopardy. they have already temporarily replaced him on the board, matt.
, thank you very much. christopher dickie is newsweek's
regional editor. good morning.
always a pleasure, matt.
this story is getting a lot of attention here in the states. what's the response in
it's huge. every
has the story. the tabloids have pictures of a chagrined-looking
. people hanging on every detail to figure out what happened.
laid out the background for us, some of the situations he was involved with in the past. would it be safe to say the people in
feel this fits some kind of a profile with this guy?
not exactly. people knew he was a womanizer. he certainly had the reputation. he's been married three times. his name's been linked to various women, but not generally speak iing in a violent sense except for one woman who went on tv in
, five years after the events who said he tried to rain h -- rape her.
by all accounts this is a guy with plans for the future in
. talk to me about his
considering he was announcinging he was running for president next year.
well, he was
going to announce he would run for president. all the polls showed if he ran for president, at least two days ago, if he had run for president he would have beaten
. he was leading by a wide margin. the
, except for one or two people, was pulling back and saying this guy is going to be our candidate. it couldn't be announced mainly because he was still running the
and had to wait until the right moment which everybody expected would be next month. now he probably won't be able to come back to
in this country and most countries you are
innocent until proven guilty
in the eyes of the law, but the eyes of voters can be different. we are seeing him in a
. does that end his political future?
of course. they certainly end any possibility that he will be running for
president of france
any time soon. now, it is conceivable that if a few months from now, a year from now he's cleared on these charges, he could come back to government life. he could come back as a minister in a socialist government. but dominique
president of france
which is what everybody in
thought would happen, that's not going to happen now.
talk to me about the con spir toirl aspect of this. i read your reporting over the weekend where there are people speculating that this was a chance encounter. that, in fact,
was set up. some have speculated -- i'm talking his political enemies -- that
could have been behind something like this. take me through it.
well, i think you have to start with the question of
's reputation. he's seen as a ruthless, no holds barred politician. some people compare him to the gangster actor
in his manner. it's a reason the french don't like him. they don't like his style. the minute his main political rival
this bizarre, horrible situation in new york and is accused of crimes and taken on a
, many people automatically assume
must have had something to do with it. of course, nobody has proof. there is not any indication. one sarkozy adviser i spoke to said if he were going to do this he would have waited until closer to the vote. all conspiracy, no facts.
christopher dickie, nice to see you. thank you very much.