July 2 - Former IMF Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn's departs townhouse and is chased by media through New York streets. Rough Cut (No reporter narration)
Dominique Strauss-Kahn and his wife Anne Sinclair's departure from their downtown Manhattan townhome on Saturday (July 2) triggered a mass following of media, who were wondering if the former IMF chief would leave the city with his new found freedom. A judge released Strauss-Kahn from house arrest and lifted strict bail conditions on Friday after prosecutors discovered a pattern of lying in the accuser's background, although serious charges including sexual assault and attempted rape remain in place against the man once seen a top French presidential contender. He and his wife got into a black sedan, followed by a flock of photographers in vehicles and on motorbikes. The cars and bikes sped up New York's West side Highway and entered midtown Manhattan. His car then pulled into a garage with restricted access and he disappeared, thwarting attempts to follow him further. Later that afternoon, Strauss-Kahn returned to his New York residence debunking rumors that he had departed the city.