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

  • UN to vote on 30-day extension of expert body on Syria

    World News CTV News
    The UN Security Council has scheduled a vote Friday evening on a resolution that would extend for 30 days the mandate of the expert body charged with determining responsibility for chemical weapons attacks in Syria. Source
  • Police allege Toronto man, 32, placed online ad seeking sex with young girls

    Canada News CTV News
    TORONTO - Police say a 32-year-old Toronto man is facing charges in a child luring investigation. Investigators allege the accused posted an online classified ad, using the email address mikailusmaximus?åògmail.com, looking to have sex with young girls. Source
  • Italy buries 26 drowned Nigerian migrant women

    World News CTV News
    SALERNO, Italy -- More than two dozen young Nigerian women who drowned during a migrant crossing from Libya were honoured Friday with an interfaith funeral, closing out a gruesome new chapter in the years-long tragedy of desperate migrants trying to reach Europe and dying along the way. Source
  • Wife of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore says he won't quit

    World News CTV News
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The wife of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore said Friday her husband won't quit the race in the face of allegations that he sexually assaulted young women years ago. Standing on the white marble steps of the state capitol, Kayla Moore was joined by several dozen women at a rally supporting Moore as she spoke in defence of her husband. Source
  • Dozens killed in bombings in Damascus, eastern Syria

    World News CBC News
    At least five children and two rescue workers were killed Friday in a Damascus suburb during a government bombing campaign amid escalating violence in and around the capital despite a truce, activists reported. State media said that rebels shelled government-controlled neighbourhoods of Damascus, killing at least three civilians. Source
  • Rev. Jesse Jackson discloses Parkinson's disease diagnosis

    World News CTV News
    CHICAGO -- The Rev. Jesse Jackson disclosed publicly Friday that he has been seeking outpatient care for two years for Parkinson's disease and plans to "dedicate" himself to physical therapy. In a Friday letter to supporters, the 76-year-old civil rights icon said family and friends noticed a change in him about three years ago and he could no longer ignore symptoms of the chronic neurological disorder that causes movement difficulties. Source
  • Psychiatrist says terror suspect Mohamed Harkat poses low risk of violence

    Canada News CTV News
    OTTAWA -- A psychiatrist who has treated terror suspect Mohamed Harkat for the last eight years says the refugee from Algeria is unlikely to commit violent acts. Dr. Colin Cameron has told a Federal Court of Canada hearing on Harkat's release conditions that his patient supports democracy and expresses revulsion about terrorist attacks. Source
  • Toronto man gets 5 years in prison for claiming nearly $1M in tax refunds

    Canada News CTV News
    TORONTO -- A Toronto man has been sentenced to five years in prison for claiming nearly $1 million in Goods and Services Tax and Harmonized Sales Tax refunds to which he wasn't entitled. The Canada Revenue Agency says Alexander Wiafe -- who was convicted of fraud over $5,000 -- also was fined $96,000 and faces an additional 18 months in custody if the fine isn't paid within five years of his release. Source
  • Smoke, crackling sound coming from incinerator in 2012, Smich's ex tells Babcock trial

    Canada News CTV News
    TORONTO -- The ex-girlfriend of one of two men accused of murdering a young Toronto woman and burning her remains in a massive animal incinerator says she once saw the large piece of equipment in action. Source
  • Documentary retraces Edmonton fur trader's past journeys in Canadian Arctic

    Canada News CBC News
    Reels of 8-mm film, long forgotten in a dusty attic, inspired Hugh Kroetsch to retrace his steps through Canada's High Arctic in a father-and-son expedition nearly seven decades in the making. Hugh Kroetsch, 85, and his filmmaker son Frederick travelled north last summer, visiting communities the elder Kroetsch had first seen as a fur trader in the 1950s. Source