Ex-IMF chief calls charges 'personal nightmare'

In an email dated yesterday and sent to International Monetary Fund staff around the world, a copy of which was obtained by AFP, Strauss-Kahn expressed "profound sadness and frustration" at having had to resign his position to face the charges.

"I deny in the strongest possible terms the allegations which I now face; I am confident that the truth will come out and I will be exonerated," he wrote.

"In the meantime, I cannot accept that the Fund --- and you dear colleagues -- should in any way have to share my own personal nightmare. So, I had to go."

The French politician was arrested on May 14 at New York's JFK airport on allegations by a chambermaid at the luxury Sofitel hotel in Times Square that he attacked her and tried to rape her just hours earlier.

He is under house arrest in a New York apartment after being released on bail.

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