When you’re very rich, and a New York judge puts you under house arrest as you await trial for a serious felony, this is the kind of place you have to live in.
Click the link and get a video tour of Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s new living quarters, uploaded by NBC New York. Sure beats a cell in Rikers Island. Hell, sure beats a house in the suburbs.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn is now under house arrest. He couldn’t go to his first digs on the Upper East Side of Manhattan because tenants of that building refused to let him in. Too much publicity. So he found a different place in Tribeca.
The building, which has five bathrooms, is located on a cobblestone street in one of Manhattan’s most posh neighborhoods. It also is close to the courthouse where he will attend hearings….
Security is being managed by Stroz Friedberg, the same company that handled house arrest for the disgraced financier Bernard Madoff. Strauss-Kahn’s agreement is expected to cost him about $200,000 a month.
That doesn’t include rent on his new digs, which were advertised for $50,000 a month in an online listing from Town Residential. Broker Robert Dvorin confirmed the home had recently been rented but declined to comment on the identity of the tenant. It was elsewhere listed for sale at $13,995,000.
The town house includes a state-of-the-art theater, gym, spa and four bathrooms with jetted tubs and steam showers. It was recently renovated “with only the finest materials and craftsmanship,” according to the listing. The living room has an oversized skylight and fireplace. A large terrace includes potted plants, a gas grill and Japanese paper walls for privacy….
Strauss-Kahn, who has no prior criminal record, is monitored by armed guards and wears an electronic bracelet, and his movements are recorded on camera. He will be allowed out for court, doctor’s visits and religious services. Prosecutors must be notified at least six hours before he goes anywhere, and he can’t be out between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Under his terms of house arrest, he can receive up to four visitors at a time besides family.