02/14/2018 20:15 EST | Updated 02/14/2018 20:15 EST

Jian Ghomeshi's Lawyer, Marie Henein, Says MeToo Is A 'Necessary Social Awakening'

She made the comments during a Toronto debate.

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Marie Henein, defence attorney for former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi, is seen after a court appearance to set another date on March 27, 2015.

TORONTO — Criminal lawyer Marie Henein is speaking out on the recent MeToo movement for the first time tonight, calling it "a necessary social awakening."

Henein says she has avoided weighing in on the movement stemming from sexual assault allegations ensnaring high-profile figures because she has feared not being carefully heard in a sea of voices.

Her comments come at a debate hosted by lawyer Kim Stanton at the University of Toronto's Hart House.

The talk is being hosted months after Hollywood titan Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual misbehaviour by dozens of women. It triggered further allegations about stars such as Louis C.K., James Franco and Canadian politicians Patrick Brown and Kent Hehr.

Former Canadian radio host Jian Ghomeshi leaves court with his attorney Marie Henein after an Ontario judge found him not guilty on four sexual assault charges and one count of choking in Toronto on March 24, 2016.

Long before the allegations, Henein was in the spotlight for representing disgraced former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi in his sexual assault case.

Many accused her of betraying women because of her defence strategy and aggressive questioning of women who testified against Ghomeshi.

Prior to the Ghomeshi case, she represented former Ontario attorney general Michael Bryant in 2009 when he faced criminal negligence charges in connection with the death of cyclist Darcy Sheppard.

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