Actress says emails she sent to Ghomeshi don't change his actions

WARNING: Some content may be disturbing to readers

The lawyer for a Canadian actress who has accused Jian Ghomeshi of sexual assault said that racy emails her client sent to the former CBC radio host do not change his actions.

See Full Article

Lucy DeCoutere, who appeared on the TV series "Trailer Park Boys," faced another round of intense grilling at a Toronto courthouse on Friday as a Crown witness in the sexual assault trial.

Friday's cross-examination focused on a series of emails and a racy photo she sent the former CBC Radio host months after he allegedly choked and slapped her while on a date in 2003.

Speaking to reporters outside the courthouse, DeCoutere's lawyer Gillian Hnatiw said her client was not the one on trial.

"This is, and remains, a trial about Mr. Ghomeshi's conduct. What Lucy did, and how she felt in the aftermath of the assault does not change that essential fact," Hnatiw said.

"It is telling that the defence did not accuse her of dishonesty regarding the objective facts of the assault itself."

Ghomeshi is standing trial for four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcome resistance by choking. He has pleaded not guilty to all counts, and has always denied any wrongdoing. He claims his sexual relations were consensual.

On the stand at Ghomeshi's trial on Friday, DeCoutere was repeatedly questioned about whether she was trying to become romantically involved with him.

She repeatedly said that she was not, despite sending several emails asking to meet up with him, including one that contained a photo of her simulating a sexual act. The emails were sent after Ghomeshi allegedly choked her then slapped her three times in his bedroom in July 2013.

DeCoutere said Thursday she had consented to kissing Ghomeshi, but not the violence.

On Friday, Ghomeshi's lawyer Marie Henein showed the court the correspondence between Ghomeshi and DeCoutere in the days, months and years after the alleged assault took place.

In an email DeCoutere sent Ghomeshi a day after the alleged assault in his bedroom, she states: "Jian getting to know you is literally changing my mind. You challenge me and point to stuff that has not been pulled out in a very long time."

The email later states: "You kicked my ass last night and that makes me want to f**k your brains out tonight."

DeCoutere acknowledged that she had sent the email, but said she didn't remember writing it.

"I totally forgot about it. I guess I wanted to forget about it," she said.

She also said the incident left her confused, and added that regardless of her emails to him, Ghomeshi did not have her consent to choke or slap her.

In another email, sent to Ghomeshi days after the alleged assault, DeCoutere wrote: "I think you are magic and would love to see you."

On the witness stand, the actress responded that the email didn't change the circumstances around the alleged assault incident, and repeated again that he didn't have consent to slap or choke her.

Ghomeshi's lawyer also produced photos during cross-examination. On Thursday, Henein showed the court photos of DeCoutere "cuddling" with Ghomeshi at a barbecue they both attended the weekend after the alleged assault.

On Friday, the actress was shown a photo that she sent to Ghomeshi in 2005, showing her simulating a sexual act. DeCoutere said she sent the photo, but that her "intent was never to tantalize him."

She stated that it didn’t mean that Ghomeshi had not assaulted her, and that she had sent what she thought was a funny photo to other people as well.

DeCoutere was also shown another email, sent a year after the alleged assault, where she wrote to Ghomeshi that she would "beat the c**p" out of him if he didn't meet up with her in Banff, Alta.

Earlier this week, DeCoutere told the court that they did meet in Banff, and the pair sang the Britney Spears song "Hit Me Baby One More Time" at karaoke.

When Henein suggested that DeCoutere was trying to see Ghomeshi, rather than him trying to see her, DeCoutere says she was attempting to make things less awkward between them.

The sentiment echoed a statement she'd made Thursday, when she said she didn't want to alienate herself from the entertainment industry.

On Thursday, Henein also accused DeCoutere of withholding information that indicated she’s been dishonest about her and Ghomeshi’s relationship. Henein said DeCoutere omitted important details when speaking with the police, and asked her why she had not told police about some emails exchanged with Ghomeshi.

She said the actress only disclosed them to the Crown on Thursday, after the trial had begun.

"I didn’t understand the importance of after-contact incidents," DeCoutere said.

Reading on an app? Tap here for full experience.

WARNING: Some content may be disturbing to readers



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • White House press secretary: Round 2 LIVE

    World News CBC News
    Tamara Lovett, charged with negligence in death of 7-year-old son, to learn fate Source
  • SNL's Katie Rich slammed for Barron Trump tweet

    World News Toronto Sun
    An outraged Twitter mob is calling on NBC to sack Saturday Night Live writer Katie Rich following an egregious attack on Donald Trump’s youngest son, Barron. Rich targeted the 10-year-old in a “disgusting” tweet on Inauguration Day, writing: “Barron will be this country’s first homeschool shooter. Source
  • Mom accused of sex with five teens at daughter’s party

    World News Toronto Sun
    A Florida mother’s hormone-charged hijinks have landed her in hot water after she was accused of having sex with five teen boys at her daughter’s party. Jaime Ayer, 40, of Bradenton was originally charged with three counts of unlawful sexual activity of certain minors but now faces additional charges. Source
  • Trump moves to pull U.S. out of TPP trade deal [Video]

    World News Toronto Sun
    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump moved to pull the United States out of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact Monday, fulfilling a campaign promise as he began his first full week in office. “Great thing for the American worker that we just did,” Trump said as he signed a notice in the Oval Office. Source
  • Barbara Bush discharged from hospital, George set to be moved from ICU

    World News Toronto Sun
    HOUSTON — Former first lady Barbara Bush was discharged from a hospital Monday while former President George H.W. Bush is expected to be moved from the hospital’s intensive care unit soon. The 92-year-old former president was struggling to breathe when he was admitted to the Houston Methodist Hospital Jan. Source
  • Residents pick up pieces after tornadoes leave 19 dead [Video]

    World News Toronto Sun
    ATLANTA — A weekend of deadly weather in the Southeast killed 15 people and injured dozens more, authorities said Sunday, while residents along the Georgia-Florida line were bracing for more intense, fast-moving storms — including unusually strong “long track” twisters. Source
  • Owners of Toronto's illegal pot shops not reporting violent robberies: Police

    Canada News CTV News
    TORONTO -- Police say marijuana dispensaries operating illegally in Toronto have been the target of violent, armed robberies but their business owners and employees often don't report them to authorities. Toronto police Supt. Bryce Evans says there have been 17 robberies of so-called pot shops since last June and eight of them were not reported to police. Source
  • New trade relationship with U.S. may be outside the NAFTA framework: MacNaughton

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    Canada may step outside the three-way North American Free Trade Agreement in new talks with the protectionist Trump administration, says Canada’s ambassador to the United States. The federal government has already had preliminary discussions with members of President Donald Trump’s transition team and more talks are in the offing, David MacNaughton says. Source
  • Man bites ear off another man during argument about Trump

    World News CTV News
    PITTSBURGH -- Police say a man bit the ear off another man in Pittsburgh as they argued about President Donald Trump. The 30-year-old victim was bitten at his apartment at around 6:45 a.m. Monday in the city's East Liberty neighbourhood after a verbal argument turned physical. Source
  • Georgia court dismisses car crash lawsuit against Snapchat

    World News CTV News
    GRIFFIN, Ga. -- A lawsuit claiming Snapchat's "speed filter" tempted a woman to drive too fast before she crashed into a couple's car has been dismissed by a judge who says the Communications Decency Act provides the social media company with immunity. Source