Media throng awaits ex-IMF chief at NY courthouse

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NEW YORK (AP) -- A huge media throng has gathered outside a Manhattan courthouse where the former International Monetary Fund leader will answer charges that he sexually assaulted a New York City hotel maid.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn is expected to plead not guilty Monday to attempted rape, sexual abuse and other charges.

Prosecutors told a judge last month that the proof against the 62-year-old French economist and diplomat was "continuing to grow every day."

Defense lawyers had told prosecutors in a letter that they had information that would "gravely undermine the credibility" of the maid.

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.