Former Quebec media star Eric Salvail acquitted of sexual assault

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Former host Eric Salvail was acquitted of charges of sexual assault, forcible confinement and harassment.
The judge of the Court of Quebec, Alexandre Dalmau, rendered his decision at the Montreal courthouse.

Salvail’s former colleague Donald Duguay alleged that the events took place between April and October 1993.

At trial, Duguay testified that after months of advances, sexual comments and inappropriate touching in the workplace, Salvail locked him up and sexually assaulted him in a Radio-Canada bathroom.

Salvail, 51, chose to testify in his defense and has denied all the allegations made against him. He reiterated that he was not employed by Radio-Canada when the alleged offenses were committed.

His trial took place last month before a judge alone.

Salvail was arrested in January 2019.

According to information obtained from Radio-Canada, about ten complaints were filed against the television host.

In October 2017, Press reported allegations by people claiming to be witnesses or victims of Salvail’s sexual misconduct in a professional setting.

Group V Media has suspended the Salvail show In Salvail mode as a result of the allegations.

The host retired from public life shortly after the report.

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