Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Men behaving badly Pt II

Mahmoud Abdel Salam Omar

Associated Press
June 1, 2011

$25K bail for Egyptian businessman in NYC sex case

NEW YORK (AP) — A businessman and former chairman of a major Egyptian bank charged with sexually abusing a housekeeper at a luxury Manhattan hotel is being held on $25,000 bail and has been ordered to hand over his passport because he is considered a flight risk.

Mahmoud Abdel Salam Omar, wearing glasses and a suit, was arraigned just before midnight on Tuesday in Manhattan. Authorities say the businessman, who is in his 70s, attacked a maid at The Pierre hotel, near Central Park and Fifth Avenue on the Upper East Side.

The hotel, meanwhile, suspended the supervisor of housekeeping for not reporting the alleged assault.
Omar was arraigned on two counts of sexual abuse and forcible touching.

Pierre spokeswoman Nora Walsh said in an email to The Associated Press on Wednesday that the supervisor of housekeeping was suspended pending an investigation. The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that The Pierre will supply panic buttons for all of the hotel's room attendants. Walsh told the newspaper the alarms will be made available as soon as a system can be put in place. …

Omar's arrest came little more than two weeks after then-International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn was charged with sexually assaulting a maid at a different Manhattan hotel. Strauss-Kahn, who has since resigned from his IMF post, denies the allegations. He is under house arrest as he awaits trial.

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Personal comment: You would think that with all the publicity about the arrest of Strauss-Kahn for inappropriate behavior with a member of his hotel’s housekeeping staff that Mr. Omar would have opted to arrange a commercial tryst with an escort. The Housekeeping supervisor wasn’t the brightest bulb in the string either, deciding to wait until the next morning to report the assault. I don’t mind a guy having a good time with a woman not his wife, but most up-market housekeeping staff isn’t prepared for that sort of work. Perhaps Mr. Omar thought he was saving a working girls fee…

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