Former IMF chief and French presidential hopeful Dominique Strauss-Kahn had some quiet time Sunday before he heads to a New York court to plead not guilty to charges that he tried to rape a hotel maid.
Strauss-Kahn appears before Judge Michael Obus to respond to the charges. His lawyers have repeatedly said he will plead not guilty, which means preparations for a trial would start, although jury selection might still be months away.
Strauss Kahn admits to having sex, but denies rape allegations. He has employing private investigators believed to be digging into the personal life of the so-far unidentified maid, who immigrated from Guinea. Lawyers claim to have information that could "gravely undermine" her position, but they have not given more detail.
Earlier it was reported that Strauss Kahn's friend tried to contact maid's family in Guinea to offer large sum of money, in exchange of victim's withdrawing the charges.