Reactions to Strauss-Kahn speech at Cambridge Union Society

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Xuất bản 15/08/2015
1. Pan from bicycles to exterior of law faculty building at Cambridge University 2. Sign on law faculty building 3. Pan from media to Douglas Wigdor, lawyer for New York hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo 4. Pan to Wigdor at podium addressing students 5. Wide of audience 6. Setup shot of Wigdor 4. SOUNDBITE:(English) Douglas Wigdor, lawyer at Thompson-Wigdor, lawyer for New York hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo "Well when I heard that Strauss-Kahn had been given an invitation by the Cambridge Union to speak I was really perplexed and outraged at the same time. I just couldn't understand why such a prestigious institution that's had the likes of Sir Winston Churchill and Ronald Reagan and Teddy Roosevelt and Desmond Tutu speak would ever want to invite someone such as Strauss-Kahn who as we all know has now been involved in so many different scandals and has made many, many different admissions as well. It really reflects poorly I think, on the union." 5. Cutaway of Wigdor 6. SOUNDBITE: (English) Douglas Wigdor, lawyer at Thompson-Wigdor, lawyer for New York hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo "Well she knows I'm here and she really wanted me to come and speak and to voice not only my personal opinion, but her opinion as well, that he shouldn't be given this opportunity. People should be talking about the rights of sexual assault and rape victims, especially during this week, which is a very significant week for women, International Women's Day. And that's what the focus should be on, it shouldn't be providing him with an opportunity to rebuild his career." 7. SOUNDBITE: (English) Susy Langsdale, Cambridge University student "People are going there for the controversy around is he a rapist, isn't he a rapist. Seriously, people are not going there to hear about economics, for a large part of it, they're going there because they've heard that there's a big controversy and ooh, maybe something will happen, rather that engaging with societal issues around rape conviction." 8. Exterior of law faculty building and students walking by STORYLINE: British police arrested two people on Friday before a speech at Cambridge University by Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief whose career collapsed after he was charged with sexual assault. A man and a woman, both in their early 20s, were arrested on suspicion of vandalising the university's debating society building with messages critical of the 62-year-old French politician, Cambridgeshire Constabulary spokeswoman Sarah Redman said. The Cambridge News website displayed photos showing the walls of The Cambridge Union Society defaced with messages including "DSK GO AWAY" and "WOMEN DESERVE BETTER". Meanwhile students opposed to Friday's appearance by Strauss-Kahn invited his accuser's lawyer to speak there the same day. They scheduled lawyer Douglas Wigdor to speak at a separate meeting at the university, and planned to protest outside Strauss-Kahn's speech. Wigdor is lawyer to New York hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo, who brought a civil case for sexual assault against Strauss-Kahn after criminal charges were dropped. The charges relate to allegations that Strauss-Kahn assaulted Diallo in her workplace last May. After addressing students at the university, Wigdor said that he was "perplexed and outraged at the same time" to hear that Strauss-Kahn had been invited to speak at the Cambridge Union. One student commented that many attending the talk by Strauss-Kahn were doing so because of the controversy, and not for any interest in the content of the talk. Strauss-Kahn, 62, resigned as head of the IMF following the allegations of sexual assault last year. You can license this story through AP Archive: Find out more about AP Archive:
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