Ann Coulter cancels UC Berkeley talk amid protests

Conservative pundit Ann Coulter has decided against speaking at the University of California, Berkeley.

The New York Times reports that "Coulter said Wednesday that she is canceling her planned speech at the [university] because she had lost the backing of conservative groups that had initially sponsored her appearance."

She also told the Times, "It's a sad day for free speech."

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This appears to be the latest update in a tumultuous situation which started, in part, when Berkeley College Republicans asked her to be a guest on campus, notes the Washington Post.

Citing security issues, the university canceled her Thursday visit but, in response to public outcry, rescheduled it for another day and at a more secure location. The Post notes on Wednesday that "Coulter rejected that offer and said she still plans to come to Berkeley on Thursday despite the university's warnings against it."

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The event has since resulted in a free speech lawsuit against the school.

Although the lawsuit filed by Young America's Foundation and Berkeley College Republicans does not specifically refer to Coulter, the legal action accuses Berkeley, according to CNN, of "discriminating against conservative guest speakers by placing onerous time and location restrictions on their appearances."

The school has denied the allegations, and campus police have warned that there have been credible threats made against Coulter and other potential attendees of the event.