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Julien Lacroix, two years later

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It’s been two years since comedian and actor Julien Lacroix was targeted on allegations of sexual assault and misconduct.

Julien Lacroix has also been sober for two years.

To mark his two years of sobriety, Julien Lacroix announced Tuesday that he would be recording a podcast next week. This is called tiptoe return.

But for some, even this timid return to the public space is too early, too big and above all too “at the wrong time”.

AN ANTI-FEMALE MOVEMENT?

When Julien Lacroix announced he was returning, many pointed out that he had chosen his moment wrong. How come ? Because this week, Quebec is in shock over this story of a sexual assault engineer getting acquittal.

But the comparison does not hold up.

A dozen women contacted The duty two years ago for being kissed without their consent by Julien Lacroix and one for being sexually assaulted. But none of the complainants have so far filed a complaint with the police. So no charges have been brought against Lacroix and none of the claims about him have been verified by the courts.

“In less than 5 days I will be celebrating my 2 years of sobriety,” wrote Lacroix on his Instagram account. Since I have been consuming since the age of 12, it is a great pride. “

The duty I contacted some of the women who testified two years ago and one of them made such a startling statement that I reproduce it in full.

“What strikes me about Julien’s uninhibited return is the timing and the situation he is in.

“Johnny Depp has won his case, abortion is banned in several US states and a woman from El Salvador has just been sentenced to 50 years in prison after her baby died at birth. The post-Metoo backlash is surprising and, for me, Julien’s return is part of an international anti-feminist movement. It worries me a lot. “

Why a return “without complexes”? The boy will not rent the Bell Center or the Place des Arts! He will record a Q&A podcast in front of… 25 people and donate all profits “to organizations dedicated to the prevention of alcoholism and drug addiction among young people.”

What is the relationship with Johnny Depp (who won the case against Amber Heard)? This young woman who testifies The duty seems to have a funny opinion of the justice system. And what is the relationship between a comedian and a Quebec actor who has never been the subject of a police investigation and has never been tried and defamed for domestic violence in the United States?

What is the relationship between US Supreme Court justices preventing women from having abortions and a comedian doing a podcast in front of 25 people?

JUDGE AND PARTY

And one last question: how anti-feminist is it that a person who has never faced justice, who has undergone therapy, who has lost all contracts, comes back for one evening, two years later, to talk for an hour with twenty people?

Who decides when and how Julien Lacroix will be able to reintegrate into society?

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