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Strauss-Kahn Says "Au Revoir" to IMF Colleagues

By DNAinfo Staff on May 23, 2011 3:16pm  | Updated on May 23, 2011 4:14pm

Disgraced banker Dominique Strauss-Kahn says good-bye in e-mail.
Disgraced banker Dominique Strauss-Kahn says good-bye in e-mail.
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By Ben Fractenberg

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

MANHATTAN — Disgraced ex-IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn denied the explosive sex charges against him in an "au revoir" note to colleagues, but cops reportedly matched his DNA to a sample taken from a hotel maid's shirt.

"I deny in the strongest possible terms the allegations which I now face," Strauss-Kahn wrote to bankers in an e-mail, which was forwarded to staffers by IMF acting head John Lipsky Sunday evening. It was then obtained by CNN.

Strauss-Kahn told his colleagues he felt "profound sadness and frustration in having to leave under these circumstances."

The French banker portrayed himself as selfless for resigning after he was arrested on rape charges for allegedly trying to force himself on a maid at his posh Manhattan hotel.

"The (IMF) — and you dear colleagues — should (not) in any way have to share my own personal nightmare. So, I had to go," he wrote.

"What the institution has achieved in the last three and a half years is the fruit of your thinking, your work, your conviction."

The note signs off: "Thank you, good luck for the future, and au revoir. Dominique."

Police matched Strauss-Kahn's DNA to a sample of genetic material found on the shirt of a maid who claimed he attacked her, NBC News reported Monday.

Strauss-Kahn remains in a rented apartment at 71 Broadway in lower Manhattan. He was refused a place to stay on the Upper East Side. Columbia University also told a judge it didn't want him staying in the grad student apartment occupied by his daughter in Morningside Heights.

Staffers for Manhattan Supreme Court Administrative Law Judge Michael Obus said they hadn't heard from Strauss-Kahn's lawyers about any plans to move to a more permanent home pending trial.

Strauss-Kahn faces up to 25 years behind bars on a string of sex charges.

He allegedly fondled a hotel maid cleaning his suite at the Sofitel Hotel in Midtown on May 14. Authorities say the high-flying banker forced her to perform oral sex on him.

NYPD cops pulled Strauss-Kahn off a Paris-bound plane at JFK Airport.