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A single trial for the alleged victims of Gilbert Rozon

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Gilbert Rozon leaving the courthouse in Montreal, in December 2020, after his acquittal for charges of rape and indecent assault brought against him by Annick Charette. (Archive photo)


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The nine civil suits brought against the fallen businessman Gilbert Rozon by as many alleged victims of' sexual assault or harassment will ultimately be the subject of a single trial.

The Judge Frédéric Pérodeau of the Superior Court of Quebec acquiesced Tuesday to a request for joinder of the lawsuits brought by Lyne Charlebois, Annick Charette, Patricia Tulasne, Anne-Marie Charette, Sophie Moreau, Danie Frenette, Guylaine Courcelles, Marylena Sicari and Martine Roy.

This means that their cases will be judged on the same evidence, explained in a press release the office of Me Anne-Julie Asselin, one of the lawyers for the nine plaintiffs.

The trial against the founder of Just for Laughs, which is expected to last 43 days, is scheduled to begin on December 9 and continue until March 27, 2025.

Without this decision by Judge Pérodeau, the hearings to hear the nine trials would have required more than 100 days of &# x27;after the parties' estimates, according to Me Asselin.

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Significant proof of similar facts will be made in these files. With a single trial, not only do we prevent victims from having to relive the trauma beyond what is necessary, but it is also a considerable saving of resources for all parties, starting with the judicial system. himself, she argued in a press release.

In January 2018, the Superior Court of Quebec had authorized the collective action brought against the ex-producer by the group of alleged victims Les Courageuses, represented by the actress Patricia Tulasne, but the Court of Appeal overturned the judgment in January 2020.

The Court of Appeal, which had not reached a unanimous decision, had ruled that the case did not meet the necessary conditions to initiate a class action.

The Supreme Court of Canada then upheld this decision in November 2020.

After being rejected, nine of the women who had been part of the collective action against the ex-humor mogul had decided to file individual lawsuits.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116