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“I accepted my fate.”
This is the sentence that stood out at the Montreal courthouse on Wednesday as Just for Laughs founder Gilbert Rozon tried to turn the tide on the accuser in his rape trial and said she had started having sex with him while he was sleeping.
Rozon, 65, began his defense with the trial on its second day and denied raping the woman in 1979 or 1980 in St-Sauveur after going to a nightclub in the Laurentians. Not only did Rozon deny the Applicant’s version of the events of what happened inside a house they went to after the nightclub, but, at times, he appeared to consider himself a victim.
When the women testified on Tuesday, she said Rozon ran his hand over her skirt while they were inside the house. She said she had rejected him and they fell asleep in different rooms. She also said that when she woke up a few hours later, Rozon was on top of her, was “determined” to have sex with her and raped her.