Quebec entertainer Éric Salvail describes sexual assault accusations as ‘bizarre’ during trial

Former radio and television personality Eric Salvail arrives at the courthouse in Montreal on Wednesday. Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press

Former Quebec talk show host Éric Salvail is categorically denying the accusations made against him by a one-time co-worker.

The fallen television star told his trial today the claims of sexual assault, harassment and confinement are simply “bizarre.”

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Salvail testified during his second day on the stand that he wasn’t even working at Radio-Canada in 1993 when he is alleged to have sexually assaulted Donald Duguay in a bathroom in the public broadcaster’s Montreal headquarters.

He showed the court photos taken of him in 1993 to illustrate his small stature at the time, in an attempt to convince a judge that he wasn’t the imposing predator he is accused of being.

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Duguay alleges Salvail repeatedly harassed him over a period of several weeks in 1993, and also cornered him in the bathroom, exposed himself and tried to force him into performing a sex act.

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Duguay has had the standard publication ban on the identity of alleged victims in sexual assault cases waived.

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