Julien Lacroix, two years later
It’s been two years since comedian and actor Julien Lacroix was targeted by allegations of sexual assault and misconduct.
Julien Lacroix has also been sober for two years.
To underline his two years of sobriety, Julien Lacroix announced on Tuesday that he was going to record a podcast next week. This is called tiptoeing back.
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-FEMINIST MOVEMENT?
When Julien Lacroix announced that he was coming back, many pointed out that he had chosen his moment badly. Why ? Because this week, Quebec is in shock over this story of a sexual aggressor engineer who obtained an absolution.
But the comparison doesn’t hold water.
A dozen women contacted The duty two years ago alleging having been kissed without their consent by Julien Lacroix and one alleging having been sexually assaulted. But none of the complainants has 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 tested by the courts.
“In less than 5 days, I will celebrate my 2 years of sobriety, wrote Lacroix on his Instagram account. As I consume since the age of 12, it is a great pride. »
The duty contacted some of the women who had 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 in which he finds himself.
“Johnny Depp 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 striking 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 guy is not going to rent the Bell Center or the Place des Arts! He will record a podcast of questions and answers in front of … 25 people and donate all the profits “to organizations dedicated to the prevention of alcoholism and drug addiction among young people”.
What is the relationship with Johnny Depp (who won his case against Amber Heard)? This young woman who testifies in The duty seems to have a funny opinion of the justice system. And what is the relationship between a Quebec comedian and actor who has never been the target of a police investigation and has never been tried and defamed for domestic violence in the United States?
What is the relationship between justices of the Supreme Court of the United States who prevent women from having abortions and a comedian who makes a podcast in front of 25 people?
JUDGE AND PARTY
And one last question: how is it anti-feminist that an individual who has never faced justice, who has undergone therapy, who has lost all his 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 allowed to reintegrate into society?