Cross-examination of actress to continue at Ghomeshi trial

TORONTO - Jian Ghomeshi's lawyer is to continue her cross-examination of "Trailer Park Boys" actress Lucy DeCoutere today in a Toronto court.

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DeCoutere, who has waived her right to a publication ban, is the second complainant to take the stand at Ghomeshi's closely watched trial.

She is one of three women behind five charges against Ghomeshi - four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking. He has pleaded not guilty.

Ghomeshi has always denied any wrongdoing and claimed his sexual relations were consensual.

DeCoutere acknowledged Thursday that her profile soared after she made public allegations against the former CBC host as Ghomeshi's lawyer repeatedly questioned why she maintained a friendship with him following an alleged attack.

DeCoutere alleges that the 48-year-old CBC Radio host started choking and slapping her in the face without warning while they were kissing in his bedroom in the summer of 2003.

While she recalled vivid details of the incident when questioned by a Crown prosecutor, defence lawyer Marie Henein accused DeCoutere of omitting key details when talking to the police.

Henein asked why DeCoutere hadn't told police about some emails she exchanged with Ghomeshi after she alleges he assaulted her, noting the actress only disclosed them to the Crown this week, after the first complainant to testify at the trial was confronted with her own emails to Ghomeshi after her separate alleged assaults.

"I didn't understand the importance of after-contact incidents," DeCoutere explained.

As in her cross-examination of the previous complainant, Henein didn't challenged DeCoutere's allegation that Ghomeshi hit her, but concentrated on other details of the time the two spent together.



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