Just for Laughs Comedy Festival Founder Gilbert Rozon Charged With Rape and Indecent Assault

MONTREAL, QC – JULY 28: Founder of Just For Laughs Gilbert Rozon attends the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival 2017 held at the Hyatt Regency on July 28, 2017 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by GP Images/Getty Images)

Just for Laughs comedy festival founder and former CEO Gilbert Rozon has been charged with rape and indecent assault stemming from offenses alleged to have taken place in 1979.

The criminal charges were unveiled Wednesday by Quebec’s director of criminal prosecutions, and follow a #MeToo scandal at the Montreal festival that is known for helping Los Angeles talent scouts find talent for Hollywood movies and U.S. network shows.

According to the charges against Rozon, the offenses occurred between June and September 1979, in Saint-Sauveur, Quebec. The veteran Canadian impresario is set to appear in court in January to answer the twin charges.

Rozon in October 2017 announced he would sell his shares in Just For Laughs after being hit by allegations from 10 women that he sexually harassed or assaulted them. His exit was followed by Canadian media giant Bell Media, Montreal Canadiens owner Groupe CH, ICM Partners and longtime client Howie Mandel banding together to acquire the Just For Laughs comedy group.

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SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter, Etan Vlessing