Accused of rape, ex-producer Gilbert Rozon denies during trial

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Accused of rape, ex-producer Gilbert Rozon denies during trial


Tried for rape in a case dating from 1980, Gilbert Crozon contradicted the testimony of the complainant during the trial, Wednesday in Montreal.


The fallen tycoon of the group


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The fallen tycoon of the group “Just for Laughs” defended himself from having raped the young woman in 1980.


The former Quebec producer Gilbert Rozon, ex-juror of the show “France has an incredible talent”, tried for rape, completely contradicted the testimony of the complainant Wednesday on the second day of her trial in Montreal.

The fallen tycoon of the group “Just for Laughs” defended himself from having raped the young woman in 1980, arguing on the contrary that it was she who “surprised” him in the middle of the night by finding himself “astride” on him, when he had gone to bed. “I accepted my fate,” he said, according to local media accounts.

Gilbert Rozon recounted that he and the alleged victim, who knew each other, met at the house of a friend, who was away, after a night out at a nightclub. “I thought she was cute. I think she thought I was cute too ”. After he started kissing and cuddling around a fire, he sensed that the 20-year-old complainant didn’t want to go any further. He therefore went to bed in a room where the latter joined him in the night, according to his version of the facts.

No jury for this trial

“He threw himself on me,” the complainant, who has not been identified, testified on Tuesday. She explained that the accused tried to kiss her before raping her a few hours later while she was sleeping in another bedroom.

On Wednesday, Gilbert Rozon’s lawyers attacked this testimony, accusing the complainant of having changed her version of the facts over the years. They reminded her of her statement to police when she filed a complaint in 2017, in which she said she was not sure she had been sexually assaulted, even though she had not consented to the report, because she had just let go in the hope that it would end as soon as possible.

“I am ashamed to have let myself be. (…) But it’s not me who should be ashamed, ”she said on Tuesday. Only one witness, a former colleague of the complainant’s work, was called to the bar by the prosecution. The trial takes place until Friday before a judge alone, without a jury.

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