Egyptian charged with NY sex assault granted bail

June 1, 2011 08:57

NEW YORK - A former Egyptian banker was granted bail early on Wednesday after being arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a hotel maid at a luxury New York City hotel.

The arrest on Monday of businessman Mahmoud Abdel-Salam Omar came two weeks after former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was charged with trying to rape a hotel maid at another luxury Manhattan hotel.

Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Gerald Lebovits ordered Omar, 72, freed on $25,000 cash bail and a $50,000 bond.

Omar was arrested on charges that he assaulted the maid when she delivered tissues that he requested to his room on Sunday at the Pierre Hotel on Manhattan's Upper East Side, a prosecutor told the Manhattan criminal court judge during a late-night hearing.

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