Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn pleaded "not guilty" today to charges that he tried to rape a maid in a New York City hotel.
The ex-managing director of the International Monetary Fund made the plea in a New York criminal court, setting the stage for his trial on seven counts, including attempted rape.
New York prosecutors say have charged him with assaulting a 32-year-old employee at the Sofitel in Manhattan on May 14.
Before his arrest, Strauss-Kahn was one of the world's notable economists and a leading contender for next year's French presidential election.
Strauss-Kahn resigned as head of the IMF after his arrest and is under house arrest in New York.
compiled from agency reports