updated 6/1/2011 1:36:45 PM ET 2011-06-01T17:36:45

A luxurious New York City hotel where an Egyptian businessman is accused of sexually abusing a housekeeper has agreed to equip all room attendants with panic buttons.

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The Wall Street Journal says the agreement was reached between The Pierre hotel and the New York Hotel & Motel Trades Council.

Pierre spokeswoman Nora Walsh says the alarms will be made available as soon as a system can be put in place.

Mahmoud Abdel Salam Omar, an executive and the former chairman of a major Egyptian bank, is charged with sexual abuse and forcible touching of a housekeeper at the Manhattan hotel. He's being held on $25,000 bail.

His lawyer, Liz Beal, told the court her client "adamantly denies the charges against him."

Omar's arrest comes two weeks after former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was charged with trying to rape a hotel maid at another upscale Manhattan hotel.

Information from Reuters was included in this report.

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