France's Dominique Strauss-Kahn resigned on Thursday as managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as he fights charges of sexually assaulting a New York hotel chambermaid.
Here is the complete text of his resignation statement:
"Ladies and Gentlemen of the Board:
It is with infinite sadness that I feel compelled today to present to the Executive Board my resignation from my post of Managing Director of the IMF.
I think at this time first of my wife -- whom I love more than anything -- of my children, of my family, of my friends.
I think also of my colleagues at the Fund; together we have accomplished such great things over the last three years and more.
To all, I want to say that I deny with the greatest possible firmness all of the allegations that have been made against me.
I want to protect this institution which I have served with honor and devotion, and especially -- especially -- I want to devote all my strength, all my time, and all my energy to proving my innocence.