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Julie Snyder Tells Police That Gilbert Rozon Attacked Her

Snyder previously said that her company would cut ties with Just For Laughs.

10/23/2017 16:49 EDT | Updated 10/23/2017 17:33 EDT
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Julie Snyder is seen in Charlemagne, Que. on Jan. 25, 2016, file photo. Snyder has told police that Gilbert Rozon sexually assaulted her, her company said.

MONTREAL — Julie Snyder, one of the biggest names in Quebec's entertainment industry, has filed a complaint of sexual assault against Just For Laughs founder Gilbert Rozon.

The former wife of business tycoon Pierre Karl Peladeau went to police in the past few days to inform them of the alleged attack, a spokesman for Snyder's production company said Monday.

"I can confirm that Julie has filed a complaint of sexual assault against Gilbert Rozon,'' Louis Noel said.

"That's all I'm saying for now.''

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Gilbert Rozon arrives at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival on July 28, 2017 in Montreal.

Noel said Snyder would not be giving any immediate interviews on the matter.

Various media reports say the alleged incident occurred around 20 years ago.

Snyder, 50, announced Saturday her Productions J company would cut its ties with Just For Laughs as long as Rozon, 62, owned shares in the comedy festival.

Ten women accused Rozon last week of sexual harassment or sexual assault, with some claiming they were teenagers at the time.

Snyder has been a household figure in Quebec for years. Her face appears regularly on the cover of the numerous publications in the province dedicated to tracking the latest gossip surrounding entertainment personalities.

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Hundreds of people lined the streets in Quebec City in August 2015 for her nuptials with Peladeau, an event described as "the wedding of the year'' and which was attended by politicians and TV and music stars.

Quebec City Mayor Regis Labeaume officiated the ceremony.

Snyder and Peladeau, who had known each other for some 15 years, separated for good in January 2016.

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Julie Snyder and Pierre Karl Peladeau arrive for the funeral of former Quebec premier Jacques Parizeau at Saint-Germain-D'Outremont Church in Montreal on June 9, 2015.

Just For Laughs, meanwhile, said earlier Monday it has mandated RBC Capital Markets to look into the various possible options surrounding the sale of Rozon's shares.

That announcement came three days after the organization said Rozon would sell all his shares amid the allegations.

Rozon founded Just For Laughs in 1983 and was serving as president when he resigned last week as news of the allegations surfaced.

He also stepped down as vice-president of the Montreal Chamber of Commerce and as head of the committee behind Montreal's 375th-anniversary celebrations.

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