Comedian Philippe Bond has vigorously denied rape allegations made by another comedian while recording a podcast.
“Philippe Bond is a rapist,” we can hear Thomas Levac say in a video that went viral, recorded on the sidelines of the Festival d’humour emergent en Abitibi-Témiscamingue.
However, the snippet of the live stream – intended for ticket holders only – ended up on QC scoop’s YouTube channel.
“He invites women into his chariot and does not let them out. Never forget that! He only pursues women, never men,” Thomas Levac continues.
“I don’t care, this man doesn’t impress me,” he adds. crap Philip Bond! In the media they often wonder who the comedian is that everyone is talking about who hasn’t come out yet… That’s Philippe Bond! ‘ we hear too.
Philippe Bond reacted violently via his professional Facebook page, saying he had never been an attacker and had no choice but to launch a court case against this comedian for spreading what he calls untruths about his subject.
“Today I stand up and cry out my innocence loud and clear,” wrote Bond. All relationships I have had have been consensual, I have NEVER been an aggressor, NEVER will be and I will NEVER accept being accused of it without defending myself. »
The comedian, who also hosts Énergie Montréal 94.3 (summer break), adds that he’s aware that “many testimonies telling horrible stories” have been floating around for years.
“No victim deserves what they went through and unfortunately there are many other serious stories that remain in the shadows,” he continues in his publication, which at the time of writing this article had amassed 7900 j likes and generated 1200 comments, mostly positive.
Recall that Philippe Bond, 43, pleaded guilty to obstructing driving last May. The comedian admitted to taking the wheel at the exit of a bar in Rivière-du-Loup with a higher alcohol content than the legal limit in March. He inherited a criminal record, a $1,000 fine and a year-long driving ban.
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Contacted by The newspaperthe management of the Festival d’humour emergent en Abitibi-Témiscamingue has distanced itself from the statements made by Thomas Levac.
“The Emerging Humor Festival disclaims all allegations made by comedians in connection with the event against anyone,” wrote Camille Dallaire, festival president. Because we trust our artists and their management teams, we don’t exercise any control over their comments during their performances. »
Philippe Bond will not be giving an interview on this subject for the time being. For his part, Thomas Levac did not respond to interview requests protocol no explanation given either.