Strauss-Kahn claimed diplomatic immunity when arrested

Strauss-Kahn claimed diplomatic immunity when arrested

"I have diplomatic immunity," Strauss-Kahn told the police when they led him away from his Air France flight at JFK airport on May 14.

"It's not in this passport, I have a second passport. Can I speak with someone from the French Consulate?" he told the police, NBC News reported.

Strauss-Kahn, 62, allegedly forced the maid at the Sofitel hotel in Manhattan to perform oral sex.

He was taken into custody a few minutes before his Air France flight departed for Paris, earlier this month.

Strauss-Kahn's statements are contained in a Voluntary Disclosure Form given by prosecutors to defense lawyers and filed by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance yesterday.

He also asked for a lawyer, according to the documents, and said that his handcuffs were tight.

"I would like to call my lawyer, Bill Taylor. I need my cell phone," he told the police.
"My attorney has told me not to talk. I was ready to talk," he later said.

Strauss-Kahn is presently under house-arrest in a USD 50,000 a month house. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of sexually assaulting the maid.

"Is that necessary?" he asked a detective, referring to the handcuff, The Wall Street Journal reported.

"Yes it is," came the reply.

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