Search on for housing in NYC for ex-IMF chief

By the Associated Press | May 23, 2011 | 6:28 PM EDT

In this frame grab from video, a passerby, right, watches as Anne Sinclair, wife of former IMF leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn, leaves the apartment building where Strauss-Kahn is currently living under house arrest, in New York, Sunday, May 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Associated Press Television News, Rick Gentilo)

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for Dominique Strauss-Kahn are searching for new digs for the former IMF leader, who spent the weekend under house arrest in New York amid charges that he attacked a hotel maid.

Strauss-Kahn is temporarily staying with his wife at a luxury high-rise in lower Manhattan.

Attorney Benjamin Brafman said Friday that the couple would need to find permanent housing.

He declined to comment Monday.

French and U.S. media have been staking out the building where Strauss-Kahn was moved Friday from his Rikers Island jail cell.

The 62-year-old is accused of attacking a 32-year-old housekeeper on May 14 in his $3,000-a-night hotel suite. He has denied the allegations. He resigned last Wednesday from the IMF.