Ex-IMF chief leaves town house to head to NY court

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn has left the town house where he's staying and headed to court.

Strauss-Kahn strode out of the town house Monday morning and got into a dark vehicle, and it pulled away.

A huge media throng is gathered outside the Manhattan courthouse where he's to answer charges that he sexually assaulted a New York City hotel maid. He is expected to plead not guilty.

Strauss-Kahn is on house arrest. He resigned his IMF post after his May 14 arrest.

If convicted of the most serious charge, Strauss-Kahn could face at least five and up to 25 years in prison.

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Associated Press writer Colleen Long contributed to this report.