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DSK and wife venture out for first time in three days

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11:34 CEST+02:00

Dominique Strauss-Kahn and his wife Anne Sinclair left their New York residence Tuesday night for the first time in three days.

Dressed in a dark suit and light shirt, the former director of the International Monetary Fund left his TriBeCa townhouse around 7:30 pm and later arrived on the Upper East Side, where he and his wife entered an apartment building near the Metropolitan Museum of Art for around two hours.

When they returned to their residence, they stood under the watchful eye of the press for some minutes, unable to open their door, journalists told AFP.

Saturday, the couple visited the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan. That evening, Strauss Kahn enjoyed his first meal as a free man at an Italian restaurant on the Upper East Side; it was the couple's first outing after a US judge's decision to lift the house arrest of "DSK."

The judge's decision came after New York City prosecutors admitted that the hotel maid that has accused Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault lied to a grand jury.

The former French minister can now come and go as he pleases, but only within the United States, as the judge has confiscated his passport.

But another sex scandal has quickly followed: Tuesday French journalist and writer Tristane Banon filed charges in a Paris court against Dominique Strausss-Kahn for attempted rape in 2003.

In a one word note, David Koubbi "confirmed" to AFP he had sent a complaint by his client, 32 year-old Tristane Banon, to Paris prosecutors who under French law will now decide whether to launch a criminal inquiry.

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