The actor and host Edgar Fruitier, defended himself Monday, to have committed sexual actions on a teenager in the 1970s, arguing rather that it was assault.
The trial of the man to 90 years for charges of indecent assault took place Monday morning at the palais de justice de Longueuil. With his mask at the chin, in his nineties had difficulty to move.
If Fruit has not testified in his defence, it is by the voice of his lawyer, Robert Polnicky, he did know his version of the story.
For its part, the Crown’s evidence relied on the testimony of the victim alleged, that we cannot identify due to a publication ban made at the preliminary inquiry, a year ago.
The first things that are blamed on Fruit date back to the summer of 1974, while the complainant was 15 years old. The teenager saw the lover as his ” big brother “.
Raised in the air
The one who has lent his voice to Mr. Burns in The Simpsons he was then dug up a job in a theatre in the eastern Townships, and had proposed to host it in his cottage, at Eastman.
One evening, Fruit would have grabbed back at the point of the deadlift, when they were in the kitchen, according to the victim.
“I have heard nothing, he came up behind me to attack me, to take me,” he says. I was small, I had the feeling that I was floating in the void. He may be lifted five feet in the air. “
The veteran actor would then attouché the genitals and attempted to undo his pants. The alleged victim was able to break away from the hug and running to the theater.
All the rest of the summer, the young man remained fearful at the idea of remaking “stuck” by Edgar Fruitier.
Also in 1976
However, similar movements would have occurred two other times in 1976, at the home of the accused, in Brossard, where he was hired to do housework.
“I felt compelled to go there. I was not able to say no, has he entrusted to you. It was less rough than in Eastman, but his hand did the same thing. She is down again on my sex. “
The defence has denied that Fruit had sexual intentions in the place of the complainant, recognizing, however, that it was assault.
“It is not the intention of the gesture. Is it that the gesture is, objectively speaking, is such as to reach to the modesty of the victim ? Today, it’s called sexual assault “, has commented the prosecutor Erin Kavanagh.
► The court shall render its decision on 22 July.