The Jian Ghomeshi saga continues, but this time a Canadian actress has agreed to step forward and go public with her story.
In an article published by The Toronto Star Wednesday evening, actress Lucy DeCoutere alleges that back in 2003, Ghomeshi slapped and choked her without her consent. DeCoutere, who is best known for her work on Trailer Park Boys, told the publication that the incident occurred without warning. She claims that the former radio host “choked her to the point she could not breathe and then slapped her hard three times on the side of her head.”
“He did not ask if I was into it. It was never a question. It was shocking to me,” she told The Star.
According to DeCoutere, the two met at a Banff television festival in 2003. After some time, she eventually went to visit him in Toronto where they had dinner at a restaurant in the Danforth. After deciding to go back to his Riverdale home, DeCoutere says they began making out. That’s when she says the alleged incident occurred. She says Ghomeshi pushed her against the wall where he choked and slapped her three times.
“That was something I had never experienced before,” she said. She recalled leaving his place shortly afterwards in a taxi, adding, “It did not escalate; it stopped.”
DeCoutere is one of eight women who have come forward with allegations that the former CBC radio host hit them without their consent. Apart from Ghomeshi’s Facebook post from Sunday evening, he has not commented on any of these accusations. According to an interview with CP24 late Wednesday, Toronto Star editor Michael Cooke believes Ghomeshi is currently staying in Los Angeles. No charges have been laid against him as of yet.
To read DeCoutere’s full account, along with the other seven women who have come forward — head over to the Toronto Star for their in-depth report on this evolving story.