Eric Salvail intercourse assault trial: Lawyer for former TV star begins closing arguments

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Eric Salvail sex assault trial: Lawyer for former TV star begins closing arguments

MONTREAL – Former Quebec TV star attorney Eric Salvail began his final arguments today by telling the court that his client’s accuser could not be trusted.

Michel Massicotte says the complainant in the case, Donald Duguay, is able to lie, spread falsehoods and even spread perjury.

Massicotte told Quebec Court Justice Alexandre Dalmau that Salvail would benefit from reasonable doubts and should be acquitted.

Salvail, 51, is on trial for sexual assault, harassment and unlawful detention in connection with events alleged to have taken place between April and October 1993 involving former colleague Duguay, who has agreed to be publicly identified.

The one-time Quebec TV host testified in his defense during the trial, denying the allegations and telling the court that Duguay’s allegations were “bizarre”.

Massicotte attacks Duguay’s testimony by claiming it was exaggerated and full of additions that the prosecutor had not previously disclosed.

This Canadian press report was first published on November 11, 2020.

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