The New York Post was first to break the news that on Friday, the IMF chief was hauled off an Air France flight two minutes before it was due to take off, and taken into custody by the NYPD.
Here's its description of the events that transpired in
 the hotel:
The trouble began around noon today, when a housekeeper entered Strauss-Kahn’s room at the Sofitel on West 44th Street.
Strauss-Kahn was in his bathroom, said sources. He emerged from the bathroom naked, said the sources, and grabbed her.
Then, Strauss-Kahn allegedly threw the housekeeper on the room’s bed and forced her to perform oral sex on him, said the sources
The New York Daily news puts it a different way, saying that the maid escaped:
Strauss-Kahn, 62, allegedly crept up behind a maid after she entered his room and forced her to perform oral sex on him, sources said.
The woman broke free and ran out of the room. Strauss-Khan quickly headed for the airport, sources said.
He has been seen as a potential future candidate for Prime Minister of France.
This is not the first time he's been involved in a sex scandal. Back in 2008 there was a story of the IMF investigating an improper sexual relationship with a subordinate.
And approximately a year ago, a book described his string of extra-marital affairs.
The Telegraph wrote this almost exactly one year ago:
The leader French Socialist and former finance minister is considered perhaps the only politician in a position to beat President Nicolas Sarkozy should he run against him in elections in 2012. But according to the book - said to be written by a close female aide - his penchant for the opposite sex could knock him out of the race even before it starts