During the rape trial, the founder of Just for Laughs, Gilbert Rozon, testifies that the plaintiff “changed her mind”


MONTREAL – During his ongoing sexual assault trial, Just for Laughs founder Gilbert Rozon told a very different story from that of the complainant, who accused him of imposing himself on her in 1980. The complainant, who cannot be named, testified on Tuesday that Rozon assaulted her after refusing to have sex with him.

Rozon testified that he assumed the alleged victim, then a 20-year-old student, was attracted to him. He says they went to his friend’s in Saint-Sauveur after spending the night at a nightclub.

“I slid my hand under her skirt, but it froze. And said no. So I quit, ”Rozon said. He confirmed that the two slept in different rooms, but their stories diverge from there.

“When I woke up she was riding me, making love to me,” he says. “It was strange, I wondered why she changed her mind overnight.

Rozon testified that he later drove the woman home, but could not remember their conversation.

He says he assumed they kissed, and that was it.

In cross-examination, the prosecutor wondered how he could remember such small details, but he was vague about everything else that year.

Yesterday, the alleged victim testified that she woke up in the middle of the night with Rozon straddling her, “determined” after physically fighting him earlier in the day when he made advances.

The trial continues for the rest of the week.

– With files from the Canadian Press.


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