Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s Apartment Hunt: Not Going Well

International titans of finance? They’re just like us! Dominiqe Strauss-Kahn — released on a $1 million bail and a $5 million bond from Rikers Island as he awaits trial for his alleged sex attack on a hotel maid — is looking for a place to land, now that he’s being released from prison. Unfortunately, as is wont to happen on New York City apartment hunts, his first place just fell through.

It’s being reported by 1010 WINS that Bristol Plaza – a sprawling apartment high-rise on East 65th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues advertising itself as “better than a hotel” – has pulled out on a $200,000-a-month rental agreement contracted by Mr. Strauss-Kahn’s wife, Anne Sinclair, after finding out who, exactly, the apartment would be housing. If Mr. and Mrs. Strauss-Kahn and family (along with a few lawyers, some press outside the building, and the around-the-clock court-ordered armed guard joining them) were actually able to stay at the Bristol Plaza, they would’ve enjoyed many of the bountiful ameneties the Bristol Plaza has to offer their guests, the first one of which…

…has not worked out well in the past.

Mr. Strauss-Kahn may have to spend another night in Rikers if he doesn’t find accomidations tonight, though he faces a formidable challenge when this kind of thing may keep happening:

Before the rental agreement was pulled, prison vans and a police escort arrived at the Upper East Side apartment from Rikers Island. Dozens of news crews set up metal barricades outside the high-rise on East 65th Street.  

1010 WINS also noted that it’s likely the private security company hired by Mr. Strauss-Kahn — in addition to the court-mandated officer – may put him up at their headquarters, but there’s no indication where they are, or the location of the “temporary court detention” he might be moved to, until this gets sorted out. More as it comes.

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s Apartment Hunt: Not Going Well