The evidence is closed at the trial of Gilbert Rozon
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The evidence is closed at the trial of Gilbert Rozon


Unsurprisingly, Gilbert Rozon rejected outright the accusations against him.  Photo: Radio-Canada.

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Unsurprisingly, Gilbert Rozon rejected outright the accusations against him. Photo: Radio-Canada.

The evidence is now closed and final argument will take place in November.

During the 30-minute interrogation, Gilbert Rozon reiterated his arguments presented the day before that he had never assaulted the complainant “in any way”, who accuses him of sexually assaulting her in 1980.

According to the businessman, it was the complainant who forced him to have sex that evening. Memories that “marked him for life”, he told the Court Thursday. “If I had been an abuser, she certainly would not have slept at my house that night,” argued the accused, answering questions from the Crown.

Recall that the founder of Just for Laughs faces charges of rape and indecent assault in this trial.

During his testimony on Wednesday, Gilbert Rozon rejected all of the charges against him, saying he never insisted or forced the complainant to have sex with him while he and she were in a chalet of the Laurentians, some forty years ago.

Claiming to have distanced himself as soon as he sensed the lady’s reluctance, Gilbert Rozon claimed to have gone to bed alone in a room after the latter’s refusal to go further.

Still according to Gilbert Rozon, it was she who would have come to sit on him to have sex during the night.

Recognizing that he was “consenting”, Gilbert Rozon recalled that it was not he who had initiated this impromptu sexual intercourse, adding that he had found his partner’s behavior strange at the time.

A testimony totally poles apart from the one delivered by the complainant, who said earlier this week that Gilbert Rozon literally threw himself on her to have sex that night and that she had to struggle to be able to end the situation. According to the lady, it was Gilbert Rozon who came to join her in her bed and who forced her to have sex in the middle of the night.

The testimony being over, the trial which takes place before the judge Melanie Hébert, of the Court of Quebec, will continue with the final arguments of the defense and the prosecution on November 6.

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