Former Parti Québécois legislator Harold LeBel was found guilty on Wednesday of sexually assaulting a woman at his residence in 2017.
A jury of nine women and three men took two days to reach a decision after being sequestered since Monday in Rimouski, Que.
The jury rejected the 60-year-old LeBel’s account of what happened at his condo on the night in October 2017. LeBel had testified that he and the complainant kissed after a third person who was with them went to bed, but that they both backed off afterwards.
The complainant, whose identity is covered by a publication ban, had told the jury that LeBel became “aggressive” when she refused his advances, unhooking her bra and insisting on entering a bathroom where she had sought refuge.