The defense of the former Quebec producer Gilbert Rozon, tried in Montreal for rape and indecent assault, “defies logic”, pleaded Wednesday the prosecutor. He called for the sentencing of the ousted leader of the “Just for Laughs” group after his trial.
The judge will deliver her verdict on December 15.
The representative of the prosecution attempted to dismantle the arguments of the accused’s lawyers, who had denounced the “inconsistencies” and “lapses of memory” of the complainant in her account of the facts, which occurred in 1980. These “inconsistencies” According to them, justify the acquittal of Mr. Rozon for the benefit of the doubt.
The alleged victim, 20 years old at the time of the facts, claimed that Mr. Rozon tried to kiss her and take off her underwear while they were alone in a house north of Montreal. She had resisted, he had not insisted and they had each slept in a separate room.
40 year old facts
What happened the next morning is the subject of radically opposed accounts. The complainant said she woke up, because the former humor mogul was on her, to have sex. Although not consenting, she finally gave in to “be able to move on.”
Mr. Rozon, then 25 years old at the time, said to have been awakened, because the young woman was “astride” on him in the process of “making love”. He admitted to having been “consenting”, while affirming that the sexual relation had been forced on him.
“He totally reverses the roles,” the prosecutor hammered, denouncing a narrative that “defies logic” and elements that “make no sense.” The complainant’s testimony is “sincere and reliable,” he said.
Mr. Ménard considered it normal that the alleged victim had forgotten details of the scene. “You have to take into account that it was 40 years ago,” he said.
The founder of the group “Just for Laughs” was splashed by accusations of sexual assault in October 2017, which forced him to leave his position in full movement #MeToo. Only the complaint of a woman had finally been accepted by justice.