October 22nd, 2020

Founder of the Just for Laughs comedy festival has taken the stand in his rape trial


By The Canadian Press on October 14, 2020.

Just for Laughs founder Gilbert Rozon walks the hall of the courthouse as he arrives for the beginning of his sexual assault trial in Montreal on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Gilbert Rozon, the founder of the Just for Laughs comedy festival, has taken the stand to testify at his rape trial.

Rozon, 65, is charged with rape and indecent assault for acts allegedly committed in 1980 in St-Sauveur, Que.

Earlier in the day, defence attorney Isabel Schurman cross-examined the complainant and told her that in her statement to police, she did not mention asking Rozon to stop.

The woman, whose identity is protected under a publication ban, replied that just because it wasn’t in her statement to police doesn’t mean she didn’t ask him to stop.

She testified on Tuesday that she and Rozon had gone out to a club together, and he sexually assaulted her after driving her to a house in the ski resort town north of Montreal.

She said she went to police in 2017 following the publication of a series of allegations against Rozon.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct 13, 2020.

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