TORONTO (NEWS 1130) – Jian Ghomeshi’s defence lawyer is challenging the memory and the conduct of the second woman to take the stand at his sexual assault trial.
Marie Henein is asking “Trailer Park Boys” actress Lucy DeCoutere why she never mentioned a kiss goodbye between her and the former CBC star to police after an alleged attack in 2003.
The lawyer said DeCoutere had detailed memories while giving a series of media interviews shortly after Ghomeshi was fired by the CBC in late 2014.
She asked why DeCoutere didn’t mention to investigators that she and Ghomeshi had kissed goodbye in his home after the alleged assault.
The actress and Royal Canadian Air Force captain has testified that the former broadcaster suddenly choked and slapped her while they were kissing, and a year later joined her in a karaoke version of the Britney Spears song “(Hit Me) Baby One More Time.”
DeCoutere is one of three women behind five charges against Ghomeshi – four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking. He’s pleaded not guilty.
The actress pushed back against Henein’s questions about why she spent time with Ghomeshi and his friends after the alleged assault. Henein presented photos of DeCoutere and the disgraced broadcaster together at a barbecue.
DeCoutere testified that kissing him after the alleged assault didn’t take away from the fact that Ghomeshi had assaulted her.
As in her cross-examination of the previous complainant, Henein hasn’t challeged DeCoutere’s allegation that Ghomeshi hit her, but has concentrated on other details of the time the two spent together.
DeCoutere is the second woman to testify at the 48-year-old’s trial, and positioned herself away from Ghomeshi as she took the witness stand.
DeCoutere – the only woman in the case who has waived her right to a publication ban – said she first met Ghomeshi at a conference in Alberta in the summer of 2003, where they had friendly and slightly flirtatious conversations that ended with Ghomeshi giving her his business card.
The two emailed and phoned each other over the next month until DeCoutere, who lived in Halifax, made a trip to Toronto.