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Cambridge union defends Strauss-Kahn speech invite

In this April 15, 2011, photo, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, center, walks to a meeting of the G-20 finance ministers and central bank governors at  the 2011 Spring Meetings of the IMF and World Bank in Washington. (AP)

In this April 15, 2011, photo, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, center, walks to a meeting of the G-20 finance ministers and central bank governors at the 2011 Spring Meetings of the IMF and World Bank in Washington. (AP)

LONDON -- The Cambridge Union has declined to cancel its speaking invitation to Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former International Monetary Fund chief whose career collapsed after he was charged with sexual assault.

Strauss-Kahn is scheduled to speak at the debating society Friday evening despite protesters' calls for the event to be canceled.

Strauss-Kahn, 62, resigned as head of the IMF after allegations last May that he sexually assaulted New York hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo.
Prosecutors later dropped criminal charges against Strauss-Kahn, but Diallo has brought a civil case against him.

A statement posted Friday on the union's website states that the invitation was made before his controversial departure from the IMF.