'France's Got Talent' suspends production after judge is accused of sexual misconduct

Just For Laughs founder quits as allegations swirl

The Montreal police department have not confirmed local radio reports that an investigation into these is under way.

France's answer to "America's Got Talent" is being taken off air after the show's linchpin, Canadian entertainment figure Gilbert Rozon, was hit by allegations of sexual misconduct involving nine different women.

'Shaken by the allegations against me, I want to dedicate all my time to review the matter, ' Rozon wrote on Facebook.

The scandal comes as the shockwaves triggered by the stack of abuse and harassment allegations that toppled Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein continue to reverberate around the globe.

Rozon, 62, ended his statement this way: "To all those I have offended during my life, I am sincerely sorry".

Gilbert Rozon, that one has recently seen the opening of the new theatre, The 13th Art in the 13th arrondissement of Paris, announced that he was leaving "right now" president of the Just for laughs Group, commissioner for celebrations of Montréal's 375th anniversary as well as vice-president of the board of trade of metropolitan Montreal.

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On Thursday, Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre said he received a text from Rozon on Wednesday night announcing he was quitting, but didn't discuss the situation with him further.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was asked about Rozon as he campaigned in Quebec on Thursday ahead of a federal byelection Monday. "We must think of those who denounce and encourage them to do so".

"It's unacceptable for anyone to feel insecure or harassed at work, at home, in the streets".

Others who accused Rozon of harassment or rape over the past three decades include television host Penelope McQuade, actors Salome Corbo and Sophie Moreau, director Lyne Charlebois, and entrepreneur Genevieve Allard.

Another woman says Rozon put his hands up her dress at a party when she was just 14.

In 1998, Rozon was found guilty of fondling a 19-year-old woman, but continued to be employed by Just For Laughs. The brand is now used in 150 countries, and is considered the largest comedy festival in the world.


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