Live updates: Cross-examination of actress continues at Ghomeshi trial

TORONTO -- Jian Ghomeshi's lawyer is accusing "Trailer Park Boys" actress Lucy DeCoutere of withholding pertinent information about her friendship with the disgraced broadcaster until just this week.

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During a tense cross-examination, Marie Henein has outlined a number of details about their friendship more than a decade ago that she says DeCoutere only told the Crown in recent days, after his sexual assault trial started.

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Those interactions took place after DeCoutere alleges Ghomeshi choked and slapped her repeatedly after initiating a kiss with her in his home in the summer of 2003.

Henein suggested DeCoutere has held back information that indicates she's been dishonest about their subsequent relationship.

DeCoutere pushed back, saying she provided the new information when the opportunity presented itself. She added that some of those details hadn't made a significant impact on her -- the way his alleged choking did.

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.

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 48-year-old former CBC Radio host started choking and slapping her in the face without warning while they were kissing.

While she recalled vivid details of the incident when questioned by a Crown prosecutor, Henein accused DeCoutere of omitting key details when talking to the police. Now she says she's revealed new details as recently as Thursday.

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 on Thursday, after the first complainant to testify at the trial was confronted with her own emails to Ghomeshi sent 18 months 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 challenge DeCoutere's allegation that Ghomeshi hit her, but concentrated on other details of the time the two spent together.

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