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May 31, 2011 6:40 AM by Kate Richards

Egyptian Businessman-Hotel Attack

NEW YORK (AP) - A former chairman of one of Egypt's major banks faces charges of sexually abusing a maid at a luxury Manhattan hotel, just weeks after the arrest of former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn on similar allegations.

Police say Mahmoud Abdel Salam Omar was arrested Monday on charges of sexually abusing the maid at The Pierre.

Police say the maid was called to Omar's room Sunday night to drop off tissues. But once inside the 74-year-old's room, police say Omar would not let her leave and touched her inappropriately.

There was no immediate information on whether Omar had an attorney. He was held Monday night at a police precinct.

Omar is the former chairman of Egypt's Bank of Alexandria, but is currently an executive with El-Mex Salines Co.

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