The complainant testifies against Michel Venne
The former editorialist of Le Devoir Michel Venne, accused of sexual assault and sexual exploitation of a young 17-year-old employee, began to undergo her preliminary investigation Wednesday at the courthouse of Quebec.
One year after the charges were laid, Venne, 59, had to appear for the first time in the courtroom. Sitting in the second row, he notes the testimony in a black cover notebook.
The defense does not dispute the referral to trial. The preliminary inquiry is an opportunity for Michel Venne and his lawyers to hear the testimony of the complainant and three other civilian witnesses.
The complainant, a 28-year-old doctoral student in political science, testified all day on Wednesday.
His identity is subject to a publication ban and the content of the evidence gathered at the preliminary inquiry.
The young woman described the sexual assault she says she suffered in Quebec City in the summer of 2008 at the hands of the accused, who was her boss as director of the Institut du Nouveau Monde, an educational organization. citizen. The complainant was 17 years old at the time of the alleged acts.
As a result of this authoritative relationship, the Crown prosecutor has laid a charge of sexual exploitation in addition to sexual assault.
The complainant testifies in a calm voice, with a sought-after vocabulary. She was briefly overwhelmed by emotion by describing the alleged actions.