Strauss-Kahn sex case lawyer to attend Cambridge protest

Laurence Tidy -Deputy News Editor 8 March 2012

The CUSU Women’s Campaign has invited the lawyer representing the hotel maid fighting a civil case against Strauss-Kahn to speak on Friday, it has been announced.

Following the ‘Disinvite DSK’ petition, which has gained international media attention and more than 700 signatories, the Campaign group has organised a speaker event at the Faculty of Law featuring Douglas H. Wigdor, the attorney for Nafissatou Diallo, and Cath Elliott, trade union activist and freelance writer.

Douglas H. Wigdor, Oxford graduate and partner at Thompson Wigdor LLP, is the attorney representing Nafissatou Diallo, the maid who is pursuing a civil case against the former head of the International Monetary Fund for sexual assault. He will arrive from New York on Friday and discuss the present case as well as legal systems more generally.

The event will be followed by a protest outside Great St Mary’s Church and a walk to the Union, where students and local groups will “have a platform to talk about sexual violence against women from their perspectives”, the CUSU press release stated.

Speaking exclusively to The Cambridge Student, Wigdor commented: “It is my view that Strauss-Kahn is using the Cambridge Union’s stature as an attempt to rebuild his own reputation and without participating in a free and open debate about the many issues of which he is directly involved concerning the rights of women and the abuse of his power.

“As he will not be discussing these important subjects, I felt compelled to do so”, he added.

Ruth Graham, CUSU Women’s Officer, affirmed that the event was “an opportunity for students and people in the local community alike to make a public, vocal stand against Strauss-Kahn being welcomed into our city”.

“By protesting we show that the women who come forward and report rape and sexual assault are listened to, and are not forgotten, and we show that we will not be complicit in Strauss-Kahn’s rehabilitation campaign back into public life”.

The speaker’s event will be held at 13.00 at the Faculty of Law. The protest will start at 17.30 at Great St Mary’s Church.

Laurence Tidy -Deputy News Editor