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Trailer Park Boys actor Lucy DeCoutere alleges Ghomeshi 'choked' her

Chris Doucette, QMI Agency

Lucy DeCoutere in Trailer Park Boys. (Handout)

Lucy DeCoutere in Trailer Park Boys. (Handout)

TORONTO -- Actor Lucy DeCoutere, who plays Lucy on the Trailer Park Boys, says she was treated violently by former CBC star Jian Ghomeshi and has gone public with her allegations.

The Toronto Star reported late Wednesday that DeCoutere alleges Ghomeshi "choked her to the point she could not breathe and then slapped her hard three times on the side of her head" on a date in 2003.

DeCoutere said she agreed to be identified because she felt it was time for someone to speak publicly about the matter.

"He did not ask if I was into it. It was never a question. It was shocking to me," DeCoutere is quoted as saying.

Neither Ghomeshi nor his legal team responded to the allegations, the Star said.

DeCoutere did not respond to a request for comment from QMI Agency by press time.

Toronto Police could not say Wednesday night if she had reported the allegations or if a criminal investigation had begun.

DeCoutere brings the total of women who have come forward alleging they were abused by Ghomeshi to eight after another woman spoke with the CBC on Wednesday.

The alleged victim spoke to As It Happens on CBC Radio about an incident with Ghomeshi 10 years ago under the condition her identity not be revealed.

"I can't understand why this man, who is such a great TV personality and radio personality, has this dark, dark side to him," she said of Ghomeshi, who worked for CBC for 14 years.

The woman claims she met the former Q host at a media Christmas party a decade ago.

"He was smitten by me," she alleged. "And I was ... taken by his charm."

"He's a very charismatic man, no question," the woman added.

She claims Ghomeshi invited her to a taping of the show he was working on at the time.

They went to a pub together afterward, she recalled, explaining there was initially no indication he was anything but a perfect gentleman.

But later that night she claims things took a scary turn as they sat in his car "getting flirty."

She told the CBC Ghomeshi asked her to undo her buttons and she told him no, because she barely knew him.

"He reached over and grabbed my hair very hard and pulled my head back," the woman claims. "It really took me off guard."

She excused herself soon after and drove home trying to make sense of what had happened.

"I didn't like it. That's not my style," the woman said.

But being newly single after a lengthy relationship, she agreed to see him again.

However, what allegedly happened on their next date still haunts her to this day, she said.

They went back to his place and were once again being "flirty," as she described it.

"But in that flirting he grabbed my hair again, but even harder, threw me in front of him on the ground and started close-fist pounding me in the head repeatedly until my ears were ringing and I started to cry," she claims. "I was in shock."

The public broadcaster announced over the weekend it had severed ties with Ghomeshi because "information" had come to light "that in the CBC's judgment precludes us from continuing our relationship."

Then came a Toronto Star story with four women claiming non-consensual violence during, or leading up to, sexual encounters with Ghomeshi.

In an effort to defend himself, Ghomeshi posted a statement on Facebook claiming the accusations were the result of a "jilted" lover colluding with ex-girlfriends.

 


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