Ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was to reappear in a Manhattan court Friday for an unexpected appearance on the charges he attempted a rape of a New York hotel maid, officials said."No details about this appearance will be available until the defendant appears in court tomorrow," said the statement from the Manhattan District Attorney's office Thursday.
1810 GMT: Welcome to AFP's Live Report on the Thursday court hearing for Dominique Strauss-Kahn. The former IMF chief seeking bail after being charged with sexual assault, attempted rape and unlawful imprisonment. Strauss-Kahn vowed in his letter of resignation as head of the International Monetary Fund that he would battle the charges, which he denies "with the greatest possible firmness."A New York judge denied an earlier attempt at bail.