Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the banker accused of sexually assaulting a maid in a Manhattan hotel suite, was seen at Rikers Island prison in New York wearing special vest called a Ferguson, which prevents prisoners from committing suicide.
Strauss-Kahn resigned from his job as head of the International Monetary Fund.
In a statement composed in his prison cell he said, "I think at this time, first of my wife—whom I love more than anything...I deny with the greatest possible firmness all of the allegations."
Some French newspapers are reporting Strauss-Kahn may be the victim of a conspiracy by his political enemies. One poll says 57 per cent of the French believe he is being set up, which prosecutors say is absurd.