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Strauss-Kahn Prepares to Leave US

Former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn, center, leaves Manhattan state Supreme court with his wife Anne Sinclair, left, and attorney Benjamin Brafman in New York, August 23, 2011

Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has left New York City, apparently for his native France.

Strauss-Kahn, his wife Anne Sinclair and his daughter left their rented house Saturday afternoon, and were later seen arriving at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Strauss-Kahn resigned as the IMF's managing director in May after he was arrested at Kennedy airport and charged with the sexual assault and attempted rape of a hotel maid in New York.

He spent almost a week in jail and another six weeks under house arrest. He had also been barred from leaving the United States.

Last week, he walked free when Manhattan prosecutors dropped the case, saying they no longer trusted the accuser, Guinean immigrant Nafissatou Diallo.

Strauss-Kahn denies the allegations. However, Diallo is continuing to press her claims in a civil lawsuit.

Strauss-Kahn had been expected to be President Nicolas Sarkozy's main challenger in 2012 elections before the scandal broke. It is unclear if he will still seek the Socialist Party's presidential nomination.