Gilbert Rozon has invented a story worthy of an impressionist canvas by delivering a version that “defies logic”, pleaded the Crown to the trial of the fallen humor magnate, which will be fixed on his fate the same week as Eric Salvail .
“The accused’s testimony is modeled on that of the complainant, it diverges only on the incriminating parties. In the end, his version does not make sense ”, launched the Crown prosecutor Me Bruno Ménard, Thursday.
Rozon was greeted at the Montreal courthouse by demonstrators who gave him a “lesson in consent”, just before the final arguments at his trial.
Sitting in the front row of the courtroom, he then listened to the Crown explain why he should be convicted of rape and indecent assault for events in the Laurentians in 1980.
At the time, the accused was in his twenties and had not yet founded Just for Laughs. During his visit to a radio station, he invited an employee to go out to a nightclub. He then took her to a house and made advances to her, which she rejected.
However, if the complainant assured that she had to struggle, Rozon for her part claimed to have respected the consent. Then, the next morning, the victim assures that Rozon started to rape her while she was sleeping.
Rozon, for his part, swore that it was the opposite, that it was the woman who abused him in his sleep, and that he “took [son] pleasure ”.
At the last hearing, Rozon’s lawyers invited the judge to reject the complainant’s version and believe that of their client. However, for the Crown, the complainant’s version is entirely credible. And even his lapses of memory are consistent, given that the events date back 40 years.
“It is not because she does not remember a small detail, such as the number of buttons on her shirt, that it does not justify the conviction, pleaded Me Ménard. When she says she doesn’t remember, it’s consistent with her desire to provide reliable information. “
Rozon’s, on the other hand, is completely implausible, he added, comparing it to an “impressionist canvas” which, closely, “does not make sense”.
The prosecutor also took the opportunity to recall that even if the victim said he let himself be done in the early morning, unlike the event a few hours earlier, this was not intended to be consent.
“We can fight in the evening and let it go without consenting the next day, it is human nature”, pleaded Me Ménard by criticizing the defense who had insinuated that the complainant could have left during the night. Because this way of thinking brings us back to the myths and stereotypes of the “good victim”.
The pleadings concluded, Judge Mélanie Hébert announced that she would deliver her verdict on December 15.
Rozon will therefore be fixed on his fate three days before Éric Salvail, another tenor fallen from the artistic scene also accused of sexual crimes.