“These stories are … we’ll see what the motivations are.”
The influential entertainment mogul faces allegations from at least 10 women who accuse him of either sexually harassing or sexually assaulting them.
‘He pushed the door and came into the apartment’: Another Quebec actress alleges assault by Gilbert Rozon
In response to the allegations, Rozon said he would sell his majority shares in the Just for Laughs company he founded in 1983. Quebecor claims the agreement gives it a right of first refusal regarding the sale of the company. CBC News has not interviewed Rozon. No charges have been laid, and none of the allegations have been proven in court. He was in court on Wednesday testifying during legal proceedings initiated by Quebecor Inc., related to the selling of his shares. Quebecor files injunction
Media giant Quebecor, which owns the TVA news agency, is claiming Montreal-based Just For Laughs company cannot be sold without its consent. Rozon told a reporter for the TVA news agency outside the Montreal courthouse he apologizes if anyone felt his advances were out of place. “I never had sex with anyone against their will,” said the businessman, who founded one of the city’s most famous summer festivals. The media company filed a request for an injunction in Quebec Superior Court, demanding its 2012 partnership deal with the comedy festival be respected. Gilbert Rozon, the founder and majority shareholder of Just For Laughs, has rejected all allegations of sexual misconduct against him in his first public remarks since being accused last October. © The Canadian Press, 2018 Rozon told the TVA reporter outside the courtroom on Wednesday: “I refute [the allegations] and I hope we are still living in a society that favours, that privileges, the presumption of innocence.”
Gilbert Rozon’s alleged victims file class-action lawsuit
A group of women announced in November they filed an application for a class action lawsuit against the businessman, claiming he “abused at least 20 victims over a period of 34 years,” between 1982 and 2016.