Actress Lucy Decoutere said she’s been interviewed by Toronto police and provided some words of encouragement for other alleged victims of Jian Ghomeshi.
“The police I dealt with were warm and sympathetic. I felt heard and validated,” Decoutere said in a statement on Thursday. “I am making this statement because I know how scary it can be to come forward. Those considering coming forward should know that it was a safe place.”
Decoutere, who appeared in Trailer Park Boys, is one of three women who filed abuse complaints with the police about Ghomeshi. The host of the cultural radio show Q was fired Oct. 26 by the CBC after the broadcaster said it had “graphic” evidence that Ghomeshi had caused physical injury to a woman.
As many as nine women and one man have alleged in recent days that the ex-radio host attacked them physically and/or sexually without warning.
Ghomeshi, who is suing the CBC for breach of confidence and defamation, posted last Thursday on Facebook that he would meet the allegations “directly,” but that he won’t discuss “this matter” further with the media.
On Saturday, Insp. Joanna Beaven-Desjardins said it’s believed there may be more complainants — including outside Ontario — and appealed to them, or anyone with information relating to the allegations, to contact police.
With files from The Canadian Press