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Two well-known authors accuse comedian Fred Dubé of sexual assault

Two well-known authors accuse comedian Fred Dubé of sexual assault

Authors Mélodie Drouin and Catherine Ethier accuse comedian Fred Dubé of sexual assault on social networks.

“On June 21, 2017, in his Montreal apartment, comedian Fred Dubé attacked me,” wrote Ms. Drouin bluntly on on the facebook page. The allegations published last Saturday flay the comedian for acts of sexual violence and, at the same time, his spouse at the time, Catherine Ethier, who would have put “spreads in the wheels” of his denunciation efforts.

In another Facebook post written in response to the accusations this Sunday, Catherine Ethier denies having supported Mr. Dubé in his efforts with the police to “silence” the alleged victim and claims to have also been the victim of sexual assaults by the part of the comedian, in addition to psychological and verbal violence.

Also on Facebook, Fred Dubé denied the accusations, but has since deleted his profile. However, his remarks are still accessible on the website. Last hour QC. Moreover, following the accusations, the citizen newspaper Black sheepin which Fred Dubé collaborated, suspended the latter.

A show of virtue

In her publication, Mélodie Drouin writes that she confronted Mr. Dubé a year after the alleged facts, on the advice of a worker from the Sexual Assault Center (CALACS). She also relates that Fred Dubé and Catherine Ethier would have, at this time, filed a complaint with the police against her and would have put her on notice in the summer of 2020.

Mélodie Drouin today denounces Fred Dubé openly for standing up “in the face of the current hypocrisy, in front of [s]an aggressor who uses feminism and militancy to shine publicly, in front of what is advanced in chronicles and articles of activists on the prejudices towards the victims, [elle] written[t] to name”, can we read on his Facebook page.

Fred Dubé is recognized for his leftist and pro-feminist positions. He notably signed an open letter in The duty against the culture of rape and sexual violence with the Collective of people against the culture of rape.

What I write publicly, I thought I would do a million times over the past five years. I do it because I can no longer remain silent before the spectacle of virtue.

Mélodie Drouin, alleged victim of sexual assault by comedian Fred Dubé

Despite her anger towards Catherine Ethier, Mélodie believes that in a patriarchal context, the two women in the story are victims. “I write to name. Here. All alone. Although I believe that we are two victims in this story. Victims of a patriarchal violence which dissociates us, which pits us against each other”, she writes.

Catherine Ethier also denounces

Catherine Ethier
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Columnist and author Catherine Ethier addresses Mélodie Drouin’s accusations in a post on her personal page on November 20.

During this relationship, Fred Dubé sexually assaulted me. He threatened me physically, without ever hitting me. These people know when to stop the fist. I have experienced psychological, verbal and sexual violence.

Catherine Ethier, alleged victim of sexual assault by comedian Fred Dubé

Catherine Ethier mentions that during her first exchanges with Mélodie Drouin in 2017, at a time when she was still a couple with Dubé, Mélodie had not mentioned having been the victim of rape. She would have only exchanged with Ms. Ethier to warn her that she was having an affair with her spouse. Their conversation ended there.

Catherine Ethier reports that it was a few months after their brief exchange that she learned that Mélodie Drouin would have experienced sexual assault from Fred Dubé. According to Ms. Ethier, at that time, Mélodie Drouin contacted Dubé’s employers and relatives “to warn them that they were rubbing shoulders with an attacker”. Catherine Ethier would then have left Fred Dubé, but without putting an end to their communications.

The ex-spouse of Fred Dubé, who is also a public figure, then denies having put a spoke in the wheels of Mélodie Drouin as to her denunciation efforts.

I did not attempt to contact or dissuade this person from denouncing Fred Dubé. It is his strictest right. And no matter how much I turn this on all sides, I would have been deeply tart to try to silence her, given my position, my public posture, my values ​​and what I defend almost every week on the radio.

Catherine Ethier

Catherine Ethier also denies having filed a complaint with the police with Fred Dubé against Mélodie Drouin, which Mélodie accuses her of in her publication. According to her, Dubé would have taken these steps alone. Moreover, he often tried to use his image to whitewash his own.

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