Strauss-Kahn free from house arrest; charges stand

WOODBURY - (AP) ? A judge has agreed to free former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn without bail or home confinement in the sexual assault case against him.

The move Friday comes after prosecutors said an extensivebackground investigation of the accuser caused them to reassess thecase.

The agreement OK'd by State Supreme Court Justice Michael Obusin Manhattan does not give Strauss-Kahn his passport back, meaninghe can't head to France anytime soon. The criminal case against himstands.

Strauss-Kahn was held without bail for nearly a week after hisMay arrest. He has since posted a total of $6 million in cash bailand bond and has been confined to a Manhattan town house.

He denies allegations of trying to rape a hotel housekeeper. Heleft the courtroom smiling, holding hands with his wife.

Ex-IMF leader pleads not guilty to sex assault

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