Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was willing to talk to police about the alleged hotel incident that caused his downfall but was told to keep quiet by his attorney, according to court documents released Thursday.
The documents were released by the Manhattan district attorney's office as part of a routine disclosure to defense attorneys who are representing Strauss-Kahn in the sexual assault case in which he allegedly tried to force a hotel maid to perform oral sex on him.
While Strauss-Kahn, 62, was in custody at a special unit in Manhattan after cops took him off an Air France flight May 14, the financier told investigators he was willing to talk but wanted to consult his attorney before he said anything. But after speaking with lawyer William Taylor, Strauss-Kahn clammed up.
"My attorney told me not to talk. I was ready to talk," Strauss-Kahn told police after his arrest, according to the documents.
The materials turned over by prosecutors also show that they plan later to give defense attorneys Ben Brafman and Taylor the results of DNA and blood tests, as well as the results of physical exams done of the 32-year-old African immigrant housekeeper who said Strauss-Kahn attacked her.
Cops arrested Strauss-Kahn just before he was scheduled to fly to Paris on a previously arranged flight following the complaints by a maid at the Sofitel in Manhattan. After leaving the hotel, Strauss-Kahn discovered while he was at the airport that he had misplaced his cellphone and called the Sofitel. Cops had a hotel staffer tell Strauss-Kahn that his phone had been found and that it would be brought to him, court documents stated.
Once police removed Strauss-Kahn from the plane, the incredulous financier asked "What is this about?" as he was escorted off the aircraft, the records show.
"Is that necessary?" Strauss-Kahn asked cops as he was being handcuffed.
"Yes it is," responded a detective.
He later asked detectives whether he needs an attorney, responded to questions about whether he is hungry and complained about his handcuffs, the documents say.