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Verdict expected Friday in Éric Salvail sexual assault case

Donald Duguay has testified the former TV host confined him in a bathroom at Radio-Canada and sexually assaulted him in 1993.
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A Quebec Court judge is expected to hand down a verdict Friday in the trial of former television host Éric Salvail, who is charged with sexual assault, forcible confinement and harassment.

Judge Alexandre Dalmau is expected to rule on the case Friday afternoon.

The charges against the 51-year-old Salvail date from 1993 for alleged offences committed against Donald Duguay.

Duguay has testified Salvail confined him in a bathroom at the offices of Radio-Canada and sexually assaulted him, after the accused had spent months making advances, uttering sexually charged comments and engaging in inappropriate touching in the workplace.

Salvail chose to testify in his defence, denying all of the allegations against him. He said repeatedly he did not even work at Radio-Canada at the time of the alleged events.

If the defence spent time attacking Duguay’s credibility, the prosecution answered in kind, describing Salvail’s testimony as “unbelievable and incoherent” and arguing it should be rejected “in its entirety.”

The trial ended in mid-November. Salvail was arrested by police in 2019.

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