Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Talking to Police about Ghomeshi Allegations Was Validating: Decoutere

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Talking to Police about Ghomeshi Allegations Was Validating: Decoutere

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Toronto police interview actress on Ghomeshi

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TORONTO - One of the women accusing former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi of violent behaviour is encouraging other potential victims not to be afraid of speaking with Toronto Police.

"Trailer Park Boys" actress Lucy Decoutere has issued a statement saying her interactions with officers were "warm and sympathetic."

DeCoutere says police interviewed her on Thursday, adding the experience made her feel "warm and validated."

Decoutere says she's sharing her impressions in hopes of making other women feel safer or more confident about reporting sexual violence.

She is one of at least nine women who have accused Ghomeshi of violent actions or sexual assault, allegations the former host has disputed and said he will fight.

DeCoutere accused Ghomeshi of choking her "to the point she could not breathe" and slapping her "hard three times on the side of her head."

Decoutere is one of three women who have filed complaints against Ghomeshi with the police. …

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