Published: May 19, 2011 7:01 PM EDT
Updated: May 19, 2011 7:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) - Dominique Strauss-Kahn is appearing before a judge in New York City in a bid for freedom while he awaits trial on a sexual abuse charge.

The former head of the International Monetary Fund arrived in the courtroom Thursday afternoon wearing a gray suit. He turned to give a quick smile to supporters in the gallery that included a daughter and his wife, Anne Sinclair.

Sinclair entered the courthouse without speaking to the hundreds of journalists gathered outside.

Strauss-Kahn has been behind bars since Saturday after he was accused of trying to rape a maid at a Manhattan hotel.

He has offered to post $1 million bail, remain under house arrest in New York and wear a monitoring device.

Strauss-Kahn resigned his post at the IMF Wednesday night.

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