Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Just for Laughs Founder Gilbert Rozon Denies Sex Abuse Allegations

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Just for Laughs Founder Gilbert Rozon Denies Sex Abuse Allegations

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Just for Laughs founder denies allegations

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MONTREAL - Gilbert Rozon, the founder and majority shareholder of Just For Laughs, refuted all allegations of sexual misconduct against him on Wednesday in his first public remarks since being accused last October.

Rozon told a reporter for the TVA news agency outside the Montreal courthouse he apologizes if anyone felt his advances were out of place.

"I never had sex with anyone against their will," said the businessman, who founded one of the city's most famous summer festivals. "These stories are ... we'll see what the motivations are."

The influential entertainment mogul faces allegations from at least 10 women who accuse him of either sexually harassing or sexually assaulting them.

In response to the allegations, Rozon said he would sell his majority shares in the Just for Laughs company he founded in 1983.

He was in court on Wednesday testifying during legal proceedings initiated by Quebecor Inc., related to the selling of his shares. …

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