Egyptian pleads guilty in NYC hotel sex assault

Egyptian pleads guilty in NYC hotel sex assault

Mahmoud Abdel Salam Omar pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor sexual abuse charge, acknowledging yesterday that he kissed the woman on the lips and neck and touched her breasts after she brought tissues to his room at the posh Pierre hotel.

The 74-year-old chairman of state-run salt production firm El-Mex Salines Co already has completed five days of community service in a soup kitchen, and his case will be closed without jail time or probation if he stays out of trouble for a year.

After softly answering "yes" in English to questions from a judge and prosecutor, Omar declined to comment as he left a Manhattan courthouse.

Arrested while in New York to pick up a salt-industry award for El-Mex Salines, he spent about four days behind bars before being released on bail earlier this month.

Omar's arrest came little more than two weeks after then-International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn was arrested on charges of attempting to rape a maid at a different hotel, charges Strauss-Kahn denies.

Together, the cases drew attention to the potential dangers of hotel maids' jobs.
His lawyer, Lori Cohen, called the case the result of a "big miscommunication" between the 44-year-old maid and Omar.

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