Journalist Laura Robinson’s defamation case against Vancouver’s former Olympic boss has begun.
Robinson’s lawyer, Bryan Baynham, suggests John Furlong “lashed out” at his client in an attempt to deflect attention from himself.
The alleged defamation happened in the weeks and months after Robinson published a 2012 article accusing Furlong of physically abusing students when he was a teacher in northern B.C. more than 40 years ago.
Baynham says Furlong’s legal right to clear his name “died” when he dropped his lawsuit against Robinson in March.
He also suggests Furlong “used” the media to tarnish Robinson with false claims she accused him of sexually abusing former students and had personal reasons for attacking him.
He says: “At the heart of this case is a journalist doing her job.”
None of the allegations has been proven in court. The trial is slated to last two weeks.