IMF Chief Being Held at Rikers Island Prison

IMF Chief Being Held at Rikers Island Prison

One of the world's most powerful men woke up to the sound of clanging jail doors today, his reputation in tatters and his life in ruins.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the head of the International Monetary Fund, is charged with trying to rape a maid in a luxury Manhattan hotel. He denies it.

Over a bridge just a few minutes from Manhattan is the grim prison complex of Rikers Island, one of the toughest prisons in America. Dominique Strauss-Kahn is being held there under protective custody, segregated from other prisoners. He is allowed out of his tiny cell for just an hour a day and there's no TV. It's a far cry from the life of elegance and sophistication he's used to.

Linda Fairstein is a former New York sex crimes prosecutor turned author.

Fairstein told INSIDE EDITION, "Rikers Island is the bottom of the barrel. It's a very, very rough prison."

Instead of a luxurious hotel suite, he's in a cramped 13 foot-by-8 foot cell.

"They are barren rooms. They've got a cot. Toilet facilities and a sink. Nothing else in that room," said Fairstein.

Breakfast was an apple, banana, or orange, a bowl of Mini-Wheats, two slices of whole wheat bread, and coffee.

And the brother of the 32-year-old alleged victim is speaking out for the first time.

"She said, 'Somebody has done something to me. I've been attacked.' She was crying all the time. No family should have to go through this," said the brother.

And there may be even more trouble ahead for Strauss-Kahn. A French author says he also attacked her in 2002, and now she's filing a criminal complaint.

She said he behaved like "a rutting chimpanzee."

Strauss-Kahn's attorney says he will be pleading not guilty to the charges.